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Design for Humanity Award

Design for Humanity


The Design for Humanity Award celebrates an individual or institution for having significantly contributed to improving the environment for humanity through design-related activities or projects that demonstrate far-reaching effects.

Judith Heerwagen

Judith Heerwagen

Working at the intersection of design and psychology, Seattle-based Judith Heerwagen seeks solutions to improve environmental and human health. A behavioral ecology and environmental psychology expert in the U.S. General Services Administration’s Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, Heerwagen’s pioneering research in biophilia examines how building and workplace design influence organizational effectiveness as well as occupant behavior, health and work performance. Her influence in the GSA, the world’s largest real estate owner, will benefit the organization’s more than 12,000 employees and have a ripple effect throughout the design industry.



Judith Heerwagen in the News:

Biophilia, Health and Well-Being | Terrapin

Biophilic Design: The Theory, Science and Practice of Bringing Buildings to Life | Wiley

Nature on the Threshold | New York Times

Biophillic Design: A Conversation with Judith Heerwagen | AIA

Previous Design for Humanity Award Winners

2013:   MASS Design Group
2012:   The 1% Program of Public Architecture
2009:   HOK Community Service Project and Greg Mortenson of the Central Asia Institute
2007:   Marianne Cusato
2006:   Robin Hood Foundation, Library Initiative
2005:   Patricia Moore, Ph.D., ASID, FIDSA
2004:   Architecture for Humanity
2003:   Habitat for Humanity
2002:   Cynthia Leibrock, ASID
2001:   ASID Tennessee Chapter
2000:   Victoria Schomer, ASID


1999:   AlliedSignal, Inc. – Polymers Division, Petersburg, VA
1998:   William L. Wilkoff, FASID, District Design
1997:   Barbara J. Campbell, Accessibility Guidebook for Washington
1996:   Wayne Ruga and the Center for Health Design, Lafayette CA
1995:   Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan
1994:   Elizabeth Paepcke and the International Design Conference, Aspen
1993:   Neighborhood Design Center, Baltimore
1992:   The Preservation Resource Center, New Orleans
1991:   E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Company, Orange County, TX
1990:   The Scavenger Hotline, San Francisco