Award-winning offices will win Herman Miller Aeron chairs; Designs of the Future will garner $3,000 in prizes

The 5th annual Incisal Edge Design Competition, as sponsored by Herman Miller, awards innovation and inspiration in the dental profession.

Incisal Edge, the leading lifestyle magazine for dental professionals, offers an opportunity for national recognition for those who incorporate creativity and innovation when creating their dental practice.  Nominations will be accepted through September 4, 2017, and winners will be awarded prizes in each of the contest’s three categories: new construction, repurposed practice, and specialty practice. Each winner will receive:

  • an Aeron Chair valued at $1,800 provided by furniture innovator Herman Miller,
  • a professional photo session for their practice,
  • a profile in Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine’s winter issue, and
  • a plaque and bragging rights for eternity.


2018_IncisalEdge_Design of the Future_category.jpgIn one additional category — Design of the Future — the contest invites participants to create a workplace for dental patients and practitioners of tomorrow.  Visionaries from all realms are encouraged to enter, including: students with unique perspectives, solution-driven architects with imagination to spare, and dental professionals with a passion for improving the patient experience.  Three winners will be featured in the national magazine’s winter edition; one grand prize winner will receive a $2,000 monetary award, and two runners up will receive $500 awards. Design of the Future nominations will be accepted through September 25, 2017.

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.

A juried panel from the dental and architectural worlds will select America’s most striking practices.  Each judge performs a comprehensive review of numerous submissions, including practice photos and floor plans, along with explanations of how each attains a functional balance of design, operation, and technology.

Get the inside track on the blue-ribbon panel of judges:

DrJoyceBassett_9186JOYCE BASSETT, DDS, FAACD, FAGD, studied biology as an undergrad at the University of Toledo at age 16, and entered the College of Dentistry at Ohio State by 19. Without skipping a beat, Dr. Bassett opened a private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona, with its focus on complex rehabilitation cases.  Voted among the Top 5 Female CE Educators, this national lecturer and published author founded the Women Teaching Women Cosmetic Learning Facility, which has been an adjunct teaching site for the Arizona Dental School. The state’s only accredited Fellow in The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Bassett recently earned the appointment of President for the organization.
JUDGE_15_March Dr Hamilton01-printTRISTAN HAMILTON, DDS, M. ARCH., holds degrees in architecture (from Andrews University in Michigan) and dentistry (from Loma Linda University in Southern California). He practiced as an architect for several years in Washington, D.C., where he worked on notable projects, such as the Las Vegas City Master Plan, Vanderbilt University Master Plan and numerous United States Embassy renovations. He has been published for his dental office design work and won the Best Dental Office Design in America by Incisal Edge magazine in 2012 for his Wilmington, North Carolina office.


Phyllis Marshall Rice 01cropPHYLLIS MARSHALL-RICE, LEED AP, EDAC, is the Healthcare Design Manager at Herman Miller, Inc., where for 24 years she has contributed in various design and design-related training roles. There, she and her team focus on creative and adaptive solutions for both inpatient, outpatient, and administrative facilities, working with and supporting major healthcare systems and Herman Miller dealers throughout the country, as well as globally. Currently she serves on the East Carolina University Interior Design Advisory Board.  A LEED Associate Professional who is EDAC certified (Evidence Based Design Accreditation and Certification), she holds a BFA in Environmental Design from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.

Published by Benco Dental, Incisal Edge celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime. To applaud excellence in dental design, the magazine will profile the winners of its 5th annual design competition in the magazine’s winter edition. For additional information regarding Incisal Edge magazine, visit: