The Curry Stone Design Prize was founded in 2008 by Clifford Curry and Delight Stone to promote and honor designers who address critical social needs. The prize champions the belief that design can be a powerful force for improving lives and strengthening communities. It is intended to inspire both designers and a broad audience by telling the stories of change agents in short documentary videos. In addition to the videos, the Prize gives no-strings-attached cash awards.

Nominees for the Curry Stone Design Prize are selected by an anonymous, rotating group of social impact experts from around the world. Nominators, who are invited to participate by the Prize’s board members and advisors, represent broad fields of design, as well as humanitarian advocacy across various disciplines. A rotating international jury led by one of the cofounders meets annually.

In 2013 the Curry Stone Design Prize launched its Vision Award, which recognizes individuals who have inspired the design profession through their long-standing commitment to social impact design.




Clifford Curry and Delight Stone

Prize Director:

Emiliano Gandolfi


Donna Cooper Read, Phoebe Curry Campbell, Rahul Mehrotra and Kim Saunders


Taryn Turner

Nomination Research and Writer:

Carissa Bluestone and Sarah Kuck


The CSDP would like to thank David Mohney, Chee Pearlman, Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr for their contribution in the development of the Prize.


Pentagram, Michael Bierut and Aron Fay

Dossier Graphic Designer:

Celsa Dockstader

Web Design:

Albatross Digital, Jeff Lyon and Alex Schmoe

Video Production:

Citizen Film, Room 5 Films

With thanks to:

Architecture for Humanity, Sophie Constantinou, Terrie Kolodziej, Cindy Luzier, Niko Skourtis, Ramsey Fendall and Gregory Loser, and Patty and Vince Wixon.