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Fast Company Innovation by Design Names DLR Group for Three Awards

(NEW YORK, September 15, 2022) We have been named a finalist in the Sustainable category of Fast Company’s 11th annual Innovation by Design Awards for the Verified Materials Transparency tool. The category specifically examines “projects that use inventive design to meaningfully reduce harm to the environment.” The tool also earned Honorable Mention in the Impact Category. In addition, our work on the exhibition “Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain” acquired Honorable Mention in the Experience Design category.

a woman on her phone with headphones sits at a radial wooden counter overlooking a mezzanine finished in wooden slats

Photo by Ed Sohinzo

The Innovation by Design Awards program honors designers and businesses “solving the most crucial problems of today and anticipating the pressing issues of tomorrow” and judges criteria of functionality, originality, beauty, sustainability, user insight, cultural impact, and business impact.

Sustainability, Finalist
Verified Materials Transparency

We initially created the tool for our work with a multinational technology company following the Living Building Challenge. The firm has since begun to share how it uniquely connects all design phases, impacts, and contract documents. Now, the tool is trending toward the ability to scale the use of high-achieving materials to other sectors by visibly tying design and sustainability criteria together in the form of a collaborative, living tracker.

Learn more about our commitment to materials transparency.


Experience Design, Honorable Mention
Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain

a darkened room with screens and stone statue images suspended in a circle pattern with illuminated signage on the wood floor

Photo by Kevin G Reeves

We worked with the Cleveland Museum of Art, a long-time client, on the “Revealing Krishna” exhibition to transport visitors to the dramatic floodplains of southern Cambodia and show the life story of the sculpture “Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhan,” spanning 1,500 years and three continents. We lent our expertise from decades of theater design to create appropriate mood, movement, color, and direction for the augmented reality experience. We collaborated with the exhibit team on material use, lighting, geometries, and control solutions for the interactives to bring the entire experience to life.

DLR Group Senior Principal and Brand Communications Manager andy ernsting
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