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SEFA Lab of the Year®

The Lab of the Year is a global award recognizing innovation in laboratory design and excellence in execution.  We welcome submissions from architects, owners and builders of all types of laboratories, located anywhere in the world. In addition to current award winners from North America, there have been a number of recent international honorees including facilities located in Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East.

The prior award winning projects and the design teams who succeeded in bringing their client’s vision to reality are the catalyst for this coveted award built on a 55 year foundation now positioned as the “Gold Standard” for lab design.   

Projects are judged on the following criteria –

  • Overall Impression
  • Great Architectural Design
  • Innovative Lab Design
  • Sustainability & Human Health
  • Human Experience
  • Supports Science
  • Celebrates Science
  • Supports Collaboration
  • Addresses Site/Campus
  • Distinguishing Lab Features
  • Compelling Design Story
  • Other/Wild Card – (This allows the Judges to recognize something unique or outstanding that falls outside of the above categories).

For an in-depth narrative of the competition guidelines and rules please refer to the Lab of the Year Rules We have asked two of our Advisory Board Members and former award winners to provide some guidance for first time submitters to the program –

What does it mean to win the SEFA Lab of the Year®?
Submitted by: Victor Cardona, AIA NCARB


SEFA Lab of the Year® – Why is it Valuable to Submit your Project for this Award?
Submitted by: Jay Bargmann FAIA


SEFA prides itself on assembling a “conflict free” Judging Panel which may include architects; lab planners; contractors; engineers; end users; and representatives from the media.  Any individual that was involved in a project or whose firm submits a project is not eligible to serve on the Panel of Judges.

We encourage you to visit the Timeline and Forms page before beginning the submission process.