Sylvia Harris (1953 – 2011) is widely recognized as a pioneer, a generous mentor and a vital inspiration to the field of social impact design. Over her twenty-five year career, Sylvia Harris championed “good design for the common good,” tirelessly promoting accessible communications for mass audiences. As founder and principal of Citizen Research & Design, she consulted to the nation’s largest hospitals, universities and civic agencies on strategic design planning, public policy development and innovation management.
In that spirit, Design Ignites Change and AIGA have established the Sylvia Harris Citizen Design Award to honor her legacy by supporting other vanguards dedicated to public design.
Professional designers that have developed a strong project concept to ignite change in their community, along with a well researched and thought out plan for execution, will have the opportunity to apply for the Sylvia Harris Citizen Design Award for a chance to receive $10,000 toward implementation of their project.