Design for Humanity Award
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.
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
Nature on the Threshold | New York Times
Previous Design for Humanity Award Winners
2013: MASS Design Group
1999: AlliedSignal, Inc. – Polymers Division, Petersburg, VA