As a small and growing organisation, the Design Trust initiative by the Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design, needs your support to achieve its goal of creating meaningful platforms and advocating for the positive value of design. It seeks funding donations from individuals as well as corporations which will contribute to seeding our grant capital and provide funding for programmes and projects. Design Trust also works with corporates with shared passion in fostering positive impact of design in the community. Sponsorship opportunities are offered across our programmes and events, including flagship programme Design Trust Future Studio and our annual fundraising events.

Join our Patron Community

Design Trust Patrons are invited to attend special events throughout the year, including a curated programme of invitation only Design Dialogues with visionary participants, exclusive dinners and gatherings around major events such as Business of Design Week and Art Basel Hong Kong, behind-the-scenes access to cultural institutions and trips to key institutions and events around the globe.



Support a DESIGN TRUST SEED GRANT: Foster a culture of experimentation, testing and sharing. This grant is awarded to individuals seeking to kickstart a meaningful and intellectual project with social, educational, economical or environmental impact for communities. Seed grants may also be awarded for applicants who have a project in the pipeline that needs additional resources to maximise impact.


Selected past Seed Grants:

Borrowed Nature by Sarah Lee and Yutaka Yano of SKY YUTAKA

Hong Kong Beiwei Kaishu Typography Research Project by Adonian Chan

Middle Man Hong Kong: Architecture in Between Needs and Desires by Paul Tse and Evelyn Ting of New Office Works

Hong Kong Harbour: Future Sea Craft by Florian Wegenast and Christine Lew of Studio Florian + Christine

BE THERE – Design Festival by Ronald Hok Kan Wan and Mildred Cheng of _dtby

Gyo Byu Pipeline Initiative by Raphael Monnier




Support our DESIGN DIALOGUES, WORKSHOP SERIES & PUBLIC LECTURES: Explore critical contemporary topics of relevance that make positive change to the design of our environment through curated events with visionary participants, stakeholders, influencers and panel of advisors. Foster a community of exchange relating to the most advanced debates and trends in design.


Selected past events:

Design Curation Public Lecture by Design Trust and the Royal College of Art

“Criticism Now: Developing Architecture and Design Criticism in the Pearl River Delta” Workshop Series with Design Trust Grant Recipient Mimi Zeiger

Design Trust Futures Studio “Play is for the People” Concept Presentation

Design Trust Futures Studio “‘Design Innovation & Cultural Heritage” Design Dialogue

“Automated Landscapes” Film Screening and Design Dialogue with Design Trust Grant Recipient Het Nieuwe Instituut

“New Practices in Hong Kong Architecture” Symposium with Design Trust Grant Recipient Benjamin Prosky and colleagues at the Center for Architecture




Support CRITICAL RESEARCH & INVESTIGATIONS: Actively accelerate creative design and research development of emerging design fields and meaningful projects. Support thought-provoking investigations in various design disciplines from graphics, media, wearable technologies and architecture to the built environment.


Selected past research studies and events:

Design Trust Futures Studio micro-parks research and public engagement

“Designing the Spectacle” research and archive project by Design Trust Grant Recipients Brian Kwok and Anneke Coppoolse

Design Trust Futures Studio micro-park archive

Urban Resilience” sustainability research and comparative analysis by Design Trust Grant Recipient Ashley Scott Kelly and colleagues at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Architecture in collaboration with UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design

Zero Waste Design Guidelines for High Density Cities” by Design Trust Grant Recipient Clare Milfin

Design Trust Futures Studio Hong Kong Heritage Project Archive visit

Support us

Donations made to Design Trust, via the Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design, a registered charity, are tax deductible in Hong Kong.

To make a donation, please address all crossed cheques to “Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design Limited” and kindly mail/courier to:

DESIGN TRUST (an initiative of the Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design)

1/F, One South Lane,
No. 1 South Lane,
Shek Tong Tsui, Hong Kong

Contact us

To join our Patron community or enquire about programme sponsorship opportunities, please email ask@designtrust(dot)hk or call +852 2739 6889.