Enter your dental practice into the 2017 Incisal Edge Design Competition, as sponsored by Herman Miller, before the Sept. 9 deadline and let this castle’s owner (shown) be the judge.

David Bishop, DDS, will be among members of the juried panel from the dental and architectural worlds who will select America’s most striking practices. Each judge performs a comprehensive review of submissions, including practice photos and floor plans, along with explanations of how each attains a functional balance of design, operation, and technology.  Meet the blue ribbon panel of judges:


Dr. Bishop received his doctorate of dental surgery from the University of Texas Health Science Center of San Antonio Dental School. While pursuing his education, he worked summers constructing houses with his uncle in Missouri, and later used these skills – along with his father’s assistance – to design and build from the ground up his dental office on Greenville Avenue in Allen, Texas. At The Dentist of Allen, which earned an Incisal Edge Design Award in 2014, the accomplished woodworker joined, cut, pegged, and constructed by hand (from 54,000 pounds of rough cut cypress; no metal whatsoever) the timber frame that can be viewed in the reception area.

Read more about Dr. Bishop’s award winning practice design, created in homage to a 12thcentury medieval castle in Germany, in Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine:

Now, how does your practice become an award winner?

First, you have to enter. Select a few photos that best represent your daily dental home and then share them, along with a few details, at:

Don’t worry if your photos aren’t perfect. A professional photo session for your practice is just one of the prizes you’ll be entering to win.

WinnersIncisalEdge_2017DesignContest will be awarded prizes in each of the contest’s three categories: new construction, repurposed practice and specialty practice. Three existing dental practices – one winner from each category- will receive:

* an Aeron Chair (shown) valued at $3,000 provided by competition sponsor Herman Miller,

  • a profile in Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine’s Winter issue, and
  • bragging rights for eternity.
  • a professional photo session for their practice.

    For contest specifics, visit:, an entry point created for ease of use, where previous year’s winners provide motivation, and detailed instructions offer helpful tips.

Don’t wait, contest deadline is less than two weeks away!