The ADPSR was originally formed in the 1980s to advocate against nuclear proliferation. Since then they have expanded their efforts notably to include an architectural boycott of prisons and sponsorship of the Lewis Mumford Awards, honoring ” people and organizations whose work exemplifies social responsibility.”

Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility works for peace, environmental protection, ecological building, social justice, and the development of healthy communities. ADPSR programs aim to raise professional and public awareness of critical social and environmental issues, further responsive design and planning, and honor persons and organizations whose work exemplifies social responsibility.