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Design Talks | A Conversation with Michael Sorkin & James Wines
Michael Sorkin is an architect and urbanist whose practice spans design, criticism, and teaching. He is the principal of Michael Sorkin Studio in New York, a global design practice focused on urbanism and green architecture. James Wines is founder and president of SITE, a New York-based architectural studio chartered in 1970. Through his multidisciplinary practice,...
Design Talks | Architect Jeanne Gang
MacArthur Fellow and 2013 National Design Award Winner Jeanne Gang is the founder of Studio Gang Architects, a Chicago-based collective of architects, designers, and thinkers practicing internationally. Gang uses architecture as a medium of active response to contemporary issues and their impact on human experience. Each project resonates with its specific site and culture while...
2013 National Design Awards Gala
The National Design Awards are bestowed at a gala benefit dinner and awards ceremony in New York City each fall. This year's festivities will be held at the spectacular Pier Sixty on the Hudson River on the evening of Wednesday, October 17. This year's vice-chairs are Susan Avarde, Beth Comstock, Aaron Dignan, Phil Duncan, Alice...
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Meet the Staff: Vassiliki Giannopoulos
Can you explain a little bit about the type of work you do? I manage the National Design Awards program – organizing everything from the nomination, submission, and jury processes to the White House and Gala celebrations. What do you enjoy most about your work? Working with passionate people, both at the Museum and in...
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Remembering Niels Diffrient
Niels Diffrient (1928–2013) Niels Diffrient loved many things, from airplanes to ice dancing. He loved his three children and his wife Helena Hernmarck, the internationally known tapestry artist. Encircling those close attachments was his abiding love for people. Human beings were the ultimate subject of Niels Diffrient’s world-changing career. Calling himself an “ombudsman between the...
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And the 2013 National Design Award winners are…
Cooper-Hewitt is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 National Design Awards: LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT James Wines DESIGN MIND Michael Sorkin CORPORATE & INSTITUTIONAL ACHIEVEMENT TED ARCHITECTURE DESIGN Studio Gang Architects COMMUNICATION DESIGN Paula Scher FASHION DESIGN Behnaz Sarafpour INTERACTION DESIGN Local Projects INTERIOR DESIGN Aidlin Darling Design LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Margie Ruddick PRODUCT DESIGN NewDealDesign...
The National Design Awards
What are the National Design Awards? What makes the Awards unique and important to the country and the world? Acclaimed designers and design thinkers Massimo Vignelli, Debbie Millman, Steven Heller, Walter Hood, Davin Stowell and Isabel & Ruben Toledo explain in this short piece about the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt's National Design Awards, its meaning and legacy.
2011 NYC and DC Teen Design Fair
Now in it’s second year, the Teen Design Fair is one of the best new parts of the National Design Awards. Held annually in Washington, D.C. and in New York City, The Fair invites hundreds of local teens to learn about careers from a diverse array of design professionals. Design colleges from around the country...
Nominate Now for the 2012 National Design Awards!
  The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is pleased to announce an open call for nominations for the thirteenth annual National Design Awards [http://www.cooperhewitt.org/nda] program honoring lasting achievement in American design. Each year, the Awards recognize excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life across a range of disciplines. Award categories include Lifetime Achievement,...