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The Curry Stone Design Prize defined design broadly, to include architectural, urban, landscape, product, art activism and graphic design, as well as projects that incorporate design thinking.

Over the decade it sponsored the CSDP, the Foundation amassed a global community of visionaries, activists and game changers. Today we continue to support these practices, assist in forging connections within our network and promote our winner’s work in a way that inspires others.


 Curry Stone Design Prize

The prize was borne out of the Curry Stone Foundation’s belief that while design is concerned with the built environment and people’s places within it, its application is too often limited to the upper segments of society. The Foundation’s hope was—and is, to support pioneering social design practitioners and to use their work to inspire others to apply design approaches to improving their own community’s vitality.

Nominees were chosen anonymously via a network of around 200 international design professionals. The ultimate winners were determined by a jury comprised of Foundation members and invited international experts. The financial award also varied, from $10,000-$100,000.

Beginning in 2017, the Foundation chose to direct all of our resources to the Curry Stone Design Collaborative & Foundation, forwarding slum development projects in India and to our educational initiative, supporting the Social Design Insights podcast series.  Currently our allocations are directed to funding these initiatives; we do not accept any unsolicited applications for funding.  

Visit our list of prize winners by year.


 Social Design Circle

In 2017, as a capstone to the CSDP, 100 compelling design practitioners who had not won the CSDP but had captivated and inspired the Foundation over the years, were chosen as a group called the Social Design Circle.

Visit our archive of Social Design Circle honorees.


Vision Award

In 2012 and 2016, the Curry Stone Design Prize awarded a Vision Prize for long term, sustained achievement in social impact design to Architecture for Humanity and SPARC.


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