2022 SEGD GLOBAL DESIGN AWARDS: Celebrating Design that Connects People to Place

Read Time: 6 minutes

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2022 — This year’s winning projects in the SEGD Global Design Awards were announced on June 17, 2022, during the in-person 2022 SEGD Global Design Awards Ceremony at the SEGD Conference hosted at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Portland, Oregon.

The 38 winning projects span a range of topics, disciplines, and verticals, highlighting the role of design in addressing themes of tolerance, equity, sustainability, protest, and change. From monuments to victims of enslavement and persecution to immersive explorations of words, moving images, science, and more; to places that thoughtfully welcome people back to the workplace, school, and public spaces. This year’s award-winning designers truly showcased the power of design to tell critical stories, bring people together, and inspire positive change worldwide.

The Best of Show award was awarded to an exhibition entitled “The Tactile of History. Memorial to the victims of the Soviet Occupation,” submitted by Design Studio H2E in Riga, Latvia. This commemorative monument links the present day with tragic historical events committed by the Soviet regime against the Latvian people. The memorial commemorates the 80th anniversary of the first mass deportations from Latvia in 1941, when over 15,000 people were forcibly displaced, and numerous others suffered years of oppression and occupation. Sitting in the center of the Old Town of Riga, it serves as a potent reminder for future generations to prevent the return of totalitarian ideologies.

The memorial is constructed from two-color finish elements: red and light gray granite, which form a traditional Latvian blanket pattern that symbolizes human pain. The center of the wall incorporates an image of a wagon with steps leading to infinity, symbolically alluding to deportation echelons with a simple, powerful message: “For Remembrance.” This side of the memorial faces the center of the square and becomes a backdrop for commemorative events. The other side faces a narrow street, provides a more personal atmosphere to commemorate the victims of the occupation, and uses light and audio to expand the horizons of perception. A handkerchief is replicated out of weathered steel, graphically depicting the original embroidery work by a victim to commemorate their companions. The names of each victim testify to the scale of the tragedy.

One juror wrote of the work, “The promise of memorializing the past is to change the future. This project stood out above the others in its careful consideration of all its elements: scale, pattern, use of lighting and sound, materials, placement, color, and story. We weren’t looking for a project to speak to the current events, but the jury was unanimous in its decision to elevate this project in this moment. Its design holds the pain of the past boldly and unapologetically. Both in somber memorial and urgent warning.”

The 2022 Sylvia Harris Award—selected from all submissions, a project that exemplifies design for the public good in honor of the legacy of Sylvia Harris, the founder of Citizen Research & Design—went to the installation, “Society’s Cage.” Developed by a group of architects and artists in a grassroots effort born in the aftermath of the murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, Society’s Cage is a bold interpretive installation that challenges visitors to reckon with America’s long history of racial injustice and white supremacy. Its design rooted in statistical facts is both unsettling and uplifting. A place to raise awareness, build empathy, and provide sanctuary for contemplation and healing.

This traveling art installation contextualizes the contemporary phenomenon of police killings of Black Americans within the 400-year history of anti-Black racialized state violence in the U.S. The 15’x15′ pavilion is encased by 500 suspended weathered steel rods, only a quarter touching the ground to reflect the incarceration rate of Black Americans; their colors and texture represent the variety of melanin in the Black diaspora and the enduring legacy of institutional racism in America.

“Timely and relevant—this community-driven piece creates a public stage for reflection, interpretation, and self-expression. I love how the public interacts with it and within it,” remarked one jury member.

“Every year, the SEGD Global Design Awards recalibrate the standards of excellence for our industry,” explains Phillip R. Tiongson, the Chair of the 2022 Global Design Awards Jury. “The winning projects exemplify how great design can powerfully serve communities with lasting impact.”

In addition to Tiongson, the 2022 SEGD Global Design Awards jury includes six other internationally acclaimed designers:

  • Bosco Hernández, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA)
  • Jason Bruges, Jason Bruges Studio (London, United Kingdom)
  • Genell Hoechstetter, Meow Wolf (Santa Fe, NM)
  • Robin Perkins, SEGD Fellow, Selbert Perkins Design (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Richard The, The GreenEyl (New York, NY)
  • Carlea Stremme, Student at West Chester University of Pennsylvania (Hatboro, PA)
  • Jennifer Kapral, Asia Society Texas Center (Houston, TX)

The jury evaluated projects in seven categories representing the core of experiential graphic design practice: Digital Experience Content, Exhibition, Interactive Experience, Placemaking and Identity, Public Installation, Strategy/Research/Planning, and Wayfinding. In total, 12 Honor Awards and 26 Merit Awards—spanning the full spectrum of experiential graphic design—were chosen from among 321 entries of experiential graphic design projects from around the world.

The following is a listing of the 2022 SEGD Global Design Award winners. Project images, descriptions, and team credits can be found online at awards.segd.org. Past winners dating back to 1998 are also available in the archives.





The Tactile of History: Memorial to the Victims of the Soviet Occupation

Public Installation | Riga, Latvia

Design: Design Studio H2E




Society’s Cage

Public Installation | Washington, DC

Design: Society’s Cage Design Team (CAOS)




Bayou Greenways Park

Placemaking & Identity | Houston, Texas

Design: Minor Design


From Absence to Presence, Commemorative to Enslaved Peoples of Southern Maryland

Public Installation | St. Mary’s City, Maryland

Design: RE:site Studio


Greenwood Rising

Exhibition | Tulsa, Oklahoma

Design: Local Projects


Learning Lab

Interactive Experience | Melbourne, Australia

Design: Grumpy Sailor Creative


Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet

Exhibition | Le Brassus, Switzerland

Design: Atelier Brückner


One Park: Building a Holistic Visitor Experience at Washington Park

Strategy, Research, Planning | Portland, Oregon

Design: sparks+sullivan


Planet Word Museum Language

Exhibition | Washington, DC

Design: Local Projects


Social Lab at The Museum of Tolerance

Interactive Experience | Los Angeles, California

Design: Unified Field


Spotify New York

Placemaking & Identity | New York, New York

Design: Acrylicize


The Story of the Moving Image

Digital Experience Content | Melbourne, Australia

Design: Grumpy Sailor Creative, Second Story




Airport Wayfinding

Strategy, Research, Planning | Berlin, Germany

Design: Moniteurs Communication Design


Currents: Niagrara’s Power Transformed

Digital Experience Content | Niagara Falls, Canada

Design: Thinkwell Group


Discover Yourself

Exhibition | Faaborg, Fyn, Denmark

Design: Torden & Lynild


Downey City Library

Wayfinding | Downey City, California

Design: Handbuilt Studio, (a DBA of NAC, inc)


Dubai Expo 2020

Exhibition, Wayfinding | Dubai, UAE

Design: Spaceagency Design


The Future of Workplace Experience in Google’s Most Radically Sustainable Space

Placemaking & Identity | Sunnyvale, California

Design: Huge


Game On!

Interactive Experience | Melbourne, Australia

Design: Grumpy Sailor Creative


Hildreth Elementary School

Placemaking & Identity | Harvard, Massachusetts

Design: Arrowstreet


Hyde Park Barracks—Legacy 

Digital Experience Content | Sydney, Australia

Design: Grumpy Sailor Creative


Logan Memorial Educational Campus

Placemaking & Identity | San Diego, California

Design: Visual Asylum


In Love With the World

Public Installation | London, United Kingdom

Design: Sitara Systems


Merriweather District

Wayfinding | Columbia, Maryland

Design: Ashton Design


National Monument Kamp Amersfoort

Exhibition | Leusden, Netherlands

Design: Tinker Imagineers


Native New York

Exhibition | New York, New York

Design: C&G Partners


Neuro Divergent

Interactive Experience | Baltimore, Maryland

Design: Ana Tobin, MFA Thesis Project


Nine Entertainment Company Workplaces Signage & Graphics

Wayfinding | Sydney, Australia

Design: Urbanite, part of Frost*collective


Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain

Interactive Experience | Cleveland, Ohio

Design: Dome Collective


Russel Wright Design Center

Exhibition | Garrison, New York

Design: Studio Joseph


See Words: Anywhere

Strategy, Research, Planning | Cincinnati, Ohio

Design: Learning by Design Lab


State Ethnological Museum and Museum of Asian Art at the Humboldt Forum

Exhibition | Berlin, Germany

Design: Ralph Applebaum Associates


Step Right Up!

Exhibition | Kansas City, Missouri

Design: Burns & McDonnell


The Story of the Moving Image—Year-Round Centerpiece Exhibition

Exhibition | Melbourne, Australia

Design: Second Story/Razorfish


Un|Filtered: The Paradox of Water on the Gulf Coast

Exhibition | Houston, Texas

Design: University of Houston, Senior Graphic Design


Up From the People: Protest and Change in DC

Exhibition | Washington, DC

Design: Studio Joseph


Uptown Underground

Public Installation | New York, New York

Design: Ian Callender


Welcome Galleries

Exhibition | Washington, DC

Design: Studio Joseph


# # #

About SEGD

A 501(c)3 organization, SEGD (the Society for Experiential Graphic Design) is the multidisciplinary, global community of professionals who create experiences that connect people to place. Find out more at www.segd.org.

CREO Industrial Arts is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2022 SEGD Global Design Awards. Archetype, Designtex and MAD Systems sponsor Category Awards.

For a downloadable copy of this press release, click here.