Taiwanese architect Hsieh Ying-Chun
Photo courtesy Hsieh Ying-Chun, Rural Architecture Studio and Atelier 3
Taiwanese architect Hsieh Ying-Chun won the 2011 Curry Stone Design Prize.

The Berkeley Prize, now in its fourteenth year, is a multipart design and writing competition focused on the social art of architecture. The Berkeley Prize is open to undergraduate students worldwide, though it’s focused largely on architecture students. Multiple awards are given, with the annual purse totaling $12,500. Deadline for submissions is each fall. For information: www.berkeleyprize.org

The Core77 Design Awards program, now in its second year, has several “progressive project” categories, including “service” and “social impact”; pro bono (for good) projects are accepted in every other category as well. The early-bird deadline for submissions is March 13, 2012; the ultimate deadline is April 10, 2012. Registration fees range from $40 to $150, with entrants who meet the early-bird deadline getting a 20 percent discount. For information: www.core77designawards.com

The Curry Stone Design Prize is an annual award that recognizes designers at the forefront of social change worldwide. Nominations are made by an anonymous, rotating committee of leaders from design and other fields. The grand prize is a grant of $100,000, with two honorable mention prizes of $10,000. For information: www.currystonedesignprize.com

INDEX: Designs to Improve Life, based in Denmark, is a biennial award that offers the largest cash design prize in the world, totaling €500,000. It recognizes design for the public good in five categories: body, community, home, play, and work. Nominations are open to the public, and winners are selected by a distinguished jury. For information: www.indexaward.dk

The Lewis Mumford Awards, conferred annually by Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, recognize individuals and entities that exemplify the organization’s goals of peace, preservation of the natural and built environment, and socially responsible development. Nominations are due each February; this year’s recipients will be honored March 24 in Austin as part of the Structures for Inclusion conference. For information: www.adpsr.org/home/mumford_awards

The Rudy Bruner Awards, conferred every other year, recognize exemplary urban projects, distinguished by their design and social contribution. One gold medal of $50,000 is awarded, with one or more silver medals of $10,000 each. The next call for submissions will open in 2013. For information: www.brunerfoundation.org/rba

The Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Awards, now in their second year, celebrate excellence in public interest design. The six 2012 winners, just announced, will each receive a $1,000 cash prize plus an all-expenses-paid trip to present at the aforementioned Structures for Inclusion conference, taking place next month in Austin, Texas. For information: www.designcorps.org/sfi

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