Proud of your practice? Entries sought for inaugural ADA Design Innovation Awards

By | May 2, 2019

In search of dental facilities that seamlessly combine esthetic appeal, function and design, ADA Member Advantage, ADA Council on Dental Practice and BMO Harris Bank are seeking entries through July 15 for the inaugural ADA Design Innovation Awards.

Association members are encouraged to submit entries for the “new build” and “remodel” categories. All practice types and sizes are welcome.

“When dentists remodel or design an office, they put their hopes and dreams into it,” said Dr. Julia Mikell, member of the ADA Council on Dental Practice subcommittee that’s judging the contest. “The contest is an opportunity to show their colleagues how their vision became reality. Dentists want to be proud of how their office looks and works because they are welcoming their community into it as it is their home, their dental home.”

Judging criteria for the contest include esthetic appeal, such as use of color, light/windows and theme; utilization of technology; function and efficiency; innovation; and how well the design has accomplished the entrant’s objective.

“An innovative practice design can communicate a piece of the dentist’s personality,” said Dr. Stacey Van Scoyoc, chair of the ADA Council on Dental Practice. “Is the reception area welcoming for my patients? Are the operatories and equipment up-to-date and clean? Are staff areas places that make my employees feel valued, respected and comfortable?”

Dental practices should also accommodate the needs of the patient and those of the dental team within the same beautiful space, Dr. Mikell said.

“We will also be asking the [dentists] to comment on what their objectives or goals for their design were and how they were accomplished,” she said. “We hope that this will be a place where they can give inspiration and hindsight experience to help future office designers.”

Finalists of the ADA Design Innovation Awards will be displayed on the exhibit hall floor at ADA FDI World Dental Congress 2019 in San Francisco where attendees can cast a vote for their favorites. Winners will receive a $1,000 prize and be featured in ADA publications.

“This should be a fun way to celebrate your achievement,” said Dr. Van Scoyoc. “It is not an easy thing to design a practice from scratch or to remodel an existing space. Get some recognition for your practice and a well-deserved pat on the back.”

For more information, including complete contest rules and entry forms, visit

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