Marion Fire Station 1 receives award from International Living Future Institute for biophilic design

The Marion Fire Station was recently recognized at the annual International Living Future Institute conference in Washington, D.C. with a Stephen R. Kellert Biophilic Design Award.

The Stephen R. Kellert Biophilic Design Award recognizes achievements in the built environment, including buildings, interiors, and communities, that demonstrate biophilic design principles and benefits. The award acknowledges Stephen Kellert’s legacy as a pioneer in articulating and applying biophilic design principles to the built environment. His publications and advocacy have had a profound impact on increasing awareness and encouraging widespread adoption of the practice of design for human-nature connection, similar to the projects awarded.

The Marion Fire Station won the Living Future Institute Stephen R. Kellert Biophilic Design Award alongside The De Verwondering Primary School. The project is an educational facility in Almere, Netherlands, that embraces and embodies nature.

 “Both projects serve as beacons of regenerative design and communities making strides in creating a living future for all.”

More than 40 projects from around the world were submitted. Eleven projects were selected as finalists. The projects spanned the globe and represented a variety of built environments, from a native ecosystem in Beirut to both Google and Microsoft’s campus in California and from Mexico to Hong Kong.

The conference was held in Washington, D.C. in May 2023.


The fire station was also honored with a Rethinking The Future Award, received a Special Mention in the 2023 Achitizer A+ Awards, was featured in the March Issue of Architectural Record, and received an Honorable Mention from the International Interior Design Association Great Plains Chapter. It has also received multiple awards from American Institute of Architects: