The honour recognises designers of Chinese origin who have accomplished outstanding achievements in his or her own discipline, and who are dedicated to furthering design through educational activities, participation in professional organisations, or social commitment.

By reaching out to Chinese designers around the globe, the award creates a pool of shared knowledge and experience that stems from common ethnic and cultural origins, and starts a ripple effect to form a tide reaching every corner of the world where Chinese designers work. The process will help to identify role models which can inspire future generations of young Chinese designers everywhere.