The honour recognises a designer of Chinese heritage who has accomplished outstanding achievements in his or her own discipline, and who is dedicated to furthering design through educational activities, participation in professional organisations, and social commitment.

The Award also has a broader significance. By reaching out to Chinese designers around the globe, it creates a pool of shared knowledge and experience that stems from common ethnic and cultural origins. The organisers’ vision is to start a ripple effect in Hong Kong that will form a tide reaching every corner of the world where Chinese designers work. The process will help to identify role models who can inspire future generations of young Chinese designers everywhere.