What is the Curry Stone Design Prize?

What is the Curry Stone Design Prize?

  • What is the
  • Curry Stone
  • Design Prize?

The Curry Stone Design Prize is awarded each year to honor innovative projects that use design to address pressing social justice issues. Supported by the Curry Stone Foundation, the Prize highlights and rewards projects that improve daily living conditions of people in communities around the world. Projects may provide shelter and clean water or address humanitarian crises impacted by environmental or climate change. The Prize acknowledges work that is considered emerging in the professional and public consciousness.


We define design broadly. We include architectural, urban, landscape, product, and graphic design, as well as projects that incorporate design thinking. We believe that design has always been concerned with the built environment and the place of people within it, but that its application has too often limited its impact to narrow segments of society. We hope this prize can help designers and non-designers be inspired to apply design approaches in improving community vitality around the globe.


The number of winners varies each year as does the amount of the financial award.  A typical single winner is awarded US$100,000. There are no restrictions on the use of the grant. The winning projects emerge from a wide pool of nominations, which are selected by a rotating team of approximately 200 contemporary design leaders from across the world. Selection is via a jury process, with the jury composed of Foundation members and invited international experts. Unsolicited proposals are not accepted.

This year, in honor of our 10th anniversary, we’ve assembled a group of 100 of the most compelling social design practitioners of the last decade.  A project we’re calling The Social Design Circle.  These are practices which have captivated and inspired us over the years, as we’ve built a global community of visionaries, activists and game changers.  Each Circle member will receive an honorarium and an award, and as the year progresses, we’ll be highlighting their practices on our website.

A limited number of Circle members have agreed to join us on our new podcast Social Design Insights.  Hosted by Eric Cesal and Emiliano Gandolfi, the weekly podcast will tackle the toughest questions facing social designers, and we’ll hear from Circle members hailing from all over the world about how they make change in their communities. Learn more about our hosts in an interview with Baruch Zeichner here, and watch video interviews with Eric and Emiliano.

  • People
  • Founders and Board of Directors:
    Clifford Curry, Delight Stone, Louisa Silva, Gary Feuerstein, and Andre Gustavo Guarienti de Almeida Ferreira
  • Prize Director:
    Emiliano Gandolfi
  • Director of Special Projects:
    Eric Cesal
  • Advisors:
    Donna Cooper Read, Phoebe Curry Campbell, Rahul Mehrotra, and Kim Saunders
  • Curry Stone Foundation Director:
    Taryn Turner
  • Curry Stone Foundation Programme Director:
    Sandhya Naidu
  • Public Relations:
    Diana Bianchini
  • Accountant:
    Cindy Luzier