Purposeful, authentic design is at the core of Shaw Contract products, it is our method and our means to both enhance and contribute to the built environment. Our Design Awards recognize the creative vision of the architects and designers who inspire new ways of living, working, learning and healing. The Awards place a spotlight on a diverse range of talents from across the globe, celebrating design in action and purposefully rewarding the innovative and truly inspiring work being done by the architecture and design community.


The Shaw Contract Design Awards program is open to all professional interior design firms, architecture firms and end users. Projects must feature a Shaw Contract or Shaw Hospitality product as the predominant flooring in the space and must have been completed between February 2016 and February 2018.There is no cost to enter.


Design can make a difference, and while the recognition of design excellence is the basis of the awards, they also offer an opportunity to foster the growth of design as a force for good.  Whether as a tool for education, a means of cultivating broader cultural understanding or as a direct contribution to health and wellbeing, to date, the Shaw Contract Design Awards have donated a total of  114,000 USD to a diverse range of educational and charitable organizations, chosen by our winners.


Category winners are chosen from across the globe for the impact of their work within an industry segment. These winning projects will be automatically entered into the Global Awards Program and People’s Choice Voting.

  • Healthcare
  • Senior Living
  • Education
  • Public Sector
  • Retail
  • Hospitality
  • Large office: greater than 40,000 square feet
  • Midsize office: 10,000 – 40,000 square feet
  • Small office: less than 10,000 square feet


Global winners will be promoted in Shaw Contract marketing materials, media outreach and be featured in an advertising campaign in leading design publications. In addition to the endorsement of excellence and industry recognition of the Design Award itself, two representatives from each winning firm will also be invited to attend Art Basel Miami 2018. Art and design have an increasingly blurred boundary and this curated experience reflects Shaw Contract’s design philosophy and our appreciation of the inspiring work of our Global winners.

Shaw Contract believes that design can make a difference, and as part of their commitment to social responsibility, each year Shaw makes a 2,000 USD charitable donation in the winner’s names to the organization of their choice.