Fast Company Selects HDR as a 2020 World Changing Company Finalist

With over 3,000 entries to their World Changing Ideas Awards competition this year, Fast Company magazine has recognized HDR as a 2020 World Changing Company of the Year finalist. In addition to this distinction, HDR was named a finalist and received honourable mentions for six world changing ideas in multiple categories. 

A model for a mixed-use destination that improves the quality of life in rural communities. A holistic design approach that treats buildings as carbon banks to dramatically shift the impact of carbon emissions in the construction industry. A battery energy storage system that enables the 10,000 residents of a small island to capture and store renewable energy from a community solar array.  

These are just three of the six ideas that earned HDR recognition by Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards panel of eminent judges. Now in its fourth year, the magazine’s World Changing Ideas Awards is one of its major annual awards programs — seeking to elevate brave concepts and finished products that focus on doing social good and transforming the world for the better.  

“We’re honoured to receive such outstanding recognition from Fast Company, not only as a firm, but for ideas that span across the diverse areas of our expertise” said Doug Wignall, FAIA, president of HDR’s architecture practice. “Good design and the desire to improve the human condition is what drives us — inspiring a deep sense of purpose in the work we do and making this acknowledgement especially meaningful.” 

The HDR projects chosen by the award jury will be highlighted in the May/June issue of the print magazine, which hits newsstands May 5, and will also be recognized in its online edition at  

Explore a brief summary of HDR’s world changing ideas honoured by the jury: