The honour recognises a designer of Chinese origin 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, or social commitment.

By reaching out to Chinese designers around the globe, The Awards 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 who can inspire future generations of young Chinese designers everywhere.