Past Award Winners

Our Awards Program was launched in 2009 and and has granted over $100,000 to support design projects addressing social issues in communities across the globe.

See our current award opportunities here.

Sylvia Harris Citizen Design Award
Support for professional designers that have developed a strong project concept to ignite change in their community
» Gma Village – $10,000, 2015
» Corbin Hill Food Project – $10,000, 2014

Professional Fellowship
Mentoring and seed funding to help professional designers launch their social impact design initiative
» Designing Dhaka’s Bus Infostructure – $8,500, 2013

Student Fellowship
Mentoring and seed funding to help student designers launch their social impact design initiative
» Nashta Exchange – $5,000, 2013
» Far(m)ore – $5,000, 2013

Student Innovation Awards
Honorariums awarded to college students in recognition of their exceptional social change project ideas (formerly called the Idea Award)
» Medication Communication – $1,000, 2014
» After Suicide – $1,000, 2014
» RAXSA – $500, 2014
» Just Drop – $500, 2014
» Iris – $500, 2014
» Whitelock Community Park – $500, 2014
» Pivot: Empowering Trafficked Victims – $1,000, 2013
» Mobile Letterpress: Proof of Concept – $500, 2013
» Protein Pods and a New Coat of Paint – $500, 2013
» Halal Hotdogs – $1,000, 2011
» Moité-Moité – $500, 2011
» Crop’n’Shop – $500, 2011
» The Grand Assembly – $500, 2011
» Ben’s Book: Little Red Flying Hood – $1,000, 2010
» Teach, Learn and Earn – $500, 2010
» Enlightening Individuals – $500, 2010
» Floatfarm – $1,000, 2010
» ECODE project – $500, 2010
» Hydro-Urbanism: Re-Thinking the LA River – $500, 2010

Implementation Awards
Funding for college and university students to implement their social impact design projects
» Safe Agua – Ducha Halo – $5,000, 2011
» Design Thinking in Rural North Carolina – $5,000, 2011
» Nudge – $6,000, 2011
» Blank Plate -$5,000, 2011
» Thinnings Bathhouse – $2,000, 2011
» Community Courtyard – $1,500, 2011
» First Person American – $8,300, 2010
» I Need a Sidewalk – $4,700, 2010
» Two Wings – $6,000, 2010
» Initiative reCOVER: Disaster Recovery Housing Prototype – $6,000, 2010
» HAITI BRIDGE: I helped build it – $1,000, 2010
» Pecans – $12,000, 2009
» A Book by its Cover: Reading Stereotypes – $2,400, 2009
» Freewall: Making Space for Diversity – $250, 2009

School: by Design Award
Awarded to the most outstanding School: by Design mentoring project in 2011
» Sow – $7,900, 2011

Learn more about these award winners in our news stories:

» 2013 Professional Fellowship Winner
» 2013 Student Fellowship Winners
» 2013 Idea Award winners
» 2011 Cycle 2 winners
» 2011 Cycle 1 winners
» 2010 Cycle 2 winners
» 2010 Cycle 1 winners
» 2009 Winners