Worth the Wait | A Dental Clinic


Posted on: January 13th, 2022

Worth the Wait | A Dental Clinic

Worth the wait challenge is to design a dental clinic, that aims to manage spaces for the primary functions, staff, machines, and equipment that are used daily.

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Fig: 1 – Dental issues are on a rise due to excess consumption and availability of food (Credits- Andriyko Podilnyk)

Oral health

Dentistry is a branch of medicine that consists of diagnosis, prevention and treatment of minor or major oral disorders.

Teeth pain is as old as we are, even if treatment, equipment and place of it may have varied drastically. Though the fear of a dentist’s chair has always remained, convenience, safety and functionality have transformed dental spaces. They have evolved from a craftsman drill to proper dedicated machines and clinics for it.

Oral health is widely regarded as one of the most important parts of our overall health. it can be mentally disastrous even if a tooth undergoes pain. Dental anxiety, or dental fear, affects approximately 36% of the population, with a further 12% suffering from extreme dental fear.

Moreover, oral health issues due to the quality of food have risen in all age groups.

Thus, a dental clinic is the most critical and vital healthcare typology as it can and will determine solutions to our treatment efficacy.

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Fig: 2 –Machinery and Equipment defines a dental clinic ( Credits-Sam Moqadam)

Brief of the competition

The typology of a clinic has changed since ancient times, in comparison, dental studies have reached an advanced level and clinics are more approachable.

The most important part of a clinic is the atmosphere, machinery, and furniture in it. They differentiate the design typology of a clinic from any other healthcare service. It can be a standard procedure to design for these elements, but due to the increasing population and their oral issues, a dental clinic is a must in every region. Although as a result of the existing spatial constraints clinics are generally designed in minimal spaces.

Can we through creative thinking add something more to our usual dentistries?

What will a dental clinic look like in a tight spatial context?

Brief: The challenge is to design a dental clinic.

The aim is to manage spaces for the primary functions, staff, machines, and equipment that are used daily.

Design objectives

Machine and Equipment: Research and study the nature of machines and equipment that are used in a dental clinic and design accordingly.

Interior: Flooring, finishing, and furniture to accommodate machines, equipment, and people.

Lighting: New strategies of lighting to change certain uses of spaces.

Function: Other than the primary functions the participants are free to reimagine functions that would increase the dental-human relationship.


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The relevance and need for dental clinics in urban areas have increased in the past years. But due to space constraints, these clinics are usually cramped between other buildings.

Can we take this opportunity and design a functional and relevant typology in the spatial dimensions?

The location of the clinic is expected to be in a town that has more than approx 100 dwelling units.

The size of the plot is 40 sq.m and is located between residential towers.

Program outline

The spaces to be included in the dental clinic are the dental treatment room, surgical suite, reception, waiting area, and assistive services.

Additional functions can be incorporated into the design proposal to suit the dental work.

Additional Resources

This competition contains additional resources that contain a set of files useful to complete the competition submission. This folder is made available on your profile dashboard automatically as soon as you register.

This additional resource folder of this competition contains:

Submission Format files in PSD | AI | InDD,
Guide to Journal Section

Submission Requirements

  1. Recommended number of sheets/presentation images/boards:
    3 (Three)of size [2800px x 3500px] in portrait digital format (JPEG only).
  2. Minimum 3 (Three) & No maximum sheet limit. Each image should be less than 15MB. (Do not submit PNG format)
  3. Minimum requisite submission are sheets/boards + Cover image containing:
    1. Plan
    2. Key concept section x 1
    3. 3D views x 4
    4. Additional cover image of 2000px x 1000px
    5. Write an article/story in the Journal section#of the project (of about 700-1000 words) answering the questions given in the guide pdf you receive in the additional resources.

#Journal Section appears midway in the project submission portal. More instructions in the additional resources.

Submission Guidelines

  • Under additional resources, which you will receive after registration, you will be provided with a submission sheets template.
  • Submit JPEG images only.
  • Ensure that the final sheets submitted do not include your name or any other mark of identification.
  • Mention sheet number on the corner of every sheet.
  • All the sheets or images will be viewed on a digital device. e.g. Laptop screen or projector. Uploaded sheets or images will not be physically printed for evaluation. The submission hence should be prepared for digital viewing only.
  • Tip: Remember that your sheets will have to convey your ideas. Try using comprehensive presentation techniques; use images, illustrations, sketches, views, diagrams, text, etc. to express the design fully. For example, use exploded views to discuss multi-leveled conceptual models better.


  • The minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.
  • The competitions are open worldwide for designers from any discipline.
  • You can participate as an individual or as a team of a maximum of 4 members.
  • All students and professionals can participate in the competitions.
  • For Students: A student is someone who is currently enrolled in a full-time graduate/undergraduate program at a university anywhere in the world on the date of registration. We will need proof of identity upon the result declaration. The proof of identity should clearly state that you were enrolled in the institution at the time of registration. You may also produce a bonafide/authorized certificate from the institution as proof of identity. Students are allowed to involve one mentor/professor/guide in their team provided the mentor has been authorized via a bonafide certificate of the University.
  • All the participants who do not belong to the student category will be considered professionals by default. Ph.D. candidates will also be considered professionals.
  • Institutional access is a program for students only if they are participating in the competition as a group of 20 people and want to submit 5-20 entries together. Institutional access has to be done under the guidance of a mentor/professor.
  • A team with even one professional will be considered as a professional entry.

Base Rules

  • You can submit more than one project but they have to be registered separately.
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  • Hence, your submission sheets should not include any form of identification or personal information such as your names, organization, city, etc.
  • This is a design idea challenge only. There is no built commission/realization associated with the problem.
  • Each competition requires submission of original work. If referring to an existing work like text, theory, images, or ideas, giving due credit is mandatory. Otherwise, it will be counted as plagiarism.
  • The official language of the competitions is English.
  • The registration fee is non-refundable. Therefore, should a participant or team change their mind, refuse or fail to submit an entry after registering, the registration amount will not be refunded. Read the cancellation policy for more information.
  • If there are any changes in competition brief or schedule, they shall be updated on the website.
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  • Anybody working with UNI or associated with us are not eligible to participate or receive awards in competitions hosted on UNI. That includes currently working employees at UNI, jury members, community moderators or contract agencies, and their direct relatives.

Judging Criteria

The entries will be judged by an international jury of the competition on the following criteria:

  • Presentation: The fundamental to a good entry is a visual delivery of ideas.
  • Concept/Idea: Quality of thought and intent in pre-design phase.
  • Programme/Spaces: How the spaces are conceived along with the programme.
  • Design Outcome: The final architectural outcome of the solution.

The judging panel can also add other criteria based on their internal discussions – which will be in line with the problem statement. Participants are advised to fulfill above given criteria first in their design. Names of the jury panel will be announced soon.

The decision of the Judges Panel is final, no appeals will be entertained and no further correspondence shall be entered into.

Please note that the jury scores are NOT affected by the number of likes on a project. Every submission is evaluated based on the judging criteria. However, ‘Likes’ play a role in determining the People’s Choice Awards.


Last Date of Registration: 28 February 2022

Last Date of Submission:  01 March 2022

Announcement of Results: 28 April 2022


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