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Design for Humanity

This award celebrates an individual or institution for having significantly contributed to improving the environment for humanity through design-related activities or projects that transform lives.

The impact of these activities must have demonstrated far-reaching effects. The award includes, but is not limited to, environment, health and wellness, universal or barrier-free design, energy conservation, safety, communication, transportation, and technology.


The design-related activity must positively affect the global human environment, be beneficial to the community at large, and be nonpartisan and judged on its own merits, regardless of size. Specific award criteria differ among the nominee types, as listed below.

  • Individuals and/or design teams must provide documentation of their commitment to improving the quality of the human environment in any of the fields listed above.
  • Product submissions must be commercially available for at least one year, exhibit superior design quality, and be related specifically to one or more of the fields listed above.
  • Government institutions, foundations, associations, corporations, cultural, and civic bodies must provide documentation of their commitment to improving the quality of the human environment in any of the fields listed above.
  • Submissions from academia must include research and/or education related to any of the fields listed above and performed by individuals, institutions, or collaborative groups.

Nominees need not be ASID members. National officers, board members, and award jurors are ineligible during their terms of service.


George Bandy Jr. is a global leader in sustainability and social responsibility. He has been responsible for executing the comprehensive concepts and practices of sustainability throughout several corporations, nonprofits and brands. George proactively identifies opportunities to position environmental, economic and socially responsible solutions for both the organizations and its customers, in order to demonstrate the type of sustainability leadership that will result in a brighter future for all.

George is highly sought after as a presenter on key topics such as the business of sustainability, biophilic design, social sustainability, circular economy, greening the supply chain, health and wellness in the built environment and innovative smart and healthy design. Recently, George was recognized as a 2020 Living Future Hero. In 2018, he was a USGBC Leadership Award recipient and was also honored with the inaugural GreenStep People Award.

George is the former Chief Sustainability Officer for Mohawk Industries (2016-2020), prior to that he was the Vice President of Sustainability for Interface (1999-2016); George also served as the Sustainability Officer for the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (1994-1999). George currently serves on the board of directors for Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), an organization that independently recognizes excellence in green business industry performance and practice around the world.

Previous Award Winners

2019: Healthy Building Network
2017: Susan Szenasy, Hon. FASID
2016: Dwell with Dignity
2015: William D. Browning, LEED AP, Hon. AIA
2014: Judith Heerwagen
2013: MASS Design Group
2012: The 1% Program of Public Architecture
2009: HOK Community Service Project and Greg Mortenson of the Central Asia Institute
2006: Marianne Cusato
2005: Robin Hood Foundation, Library Initiative, and 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
1995: Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan
1994: Elizabeth Paepcke and the International Design Conference
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