Plans are taking shape for the July 24th public programs in Washington, D.C., celebrating the 10th annual National Design Awards. These events will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. at museums around the Mall. First Lady Michelle Obama will host the White House ceremony for the winners and finalists later in the day.

Each designer has been paired with another designer from a different field, which will result in some great cross discipline conversations – fashion and interior design, technology and sustainability, product design and media.

• Join Francisco Costa (Fashion Design Winner) and Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown (Interior Design Winners) at the Corcoran College of Art & Design as they discuss the role of materials in their work and also share their visions, projects and inspirations.

• In the National Building Museum, you can find Christopher Sharples, Coren Sharples and Gregg Pasquarelli of SHoP Architects (Architecture Design winner) and Walter Hood (Landscape Design winner) discussing how design can be used as a tool to create a sense of community.

• Don’t miss the Boym Partners (Product Design winner) and Steve Duenes of The New York Times Graphics Department (Communication Design winner) at the Smithsonian Castle, where they will discuss the relationship between current events and their diverse design process.

• Jeff Han of Perceptive Pixel Inc. (Interaction Design winner) and Andrew Blauvelt of Walker Art Center (Corporate and Institutional Achievement winner) will be at the Hirshhorn Museum discussing the future of interaction design.

• Finally, at the National Museum of the American Indian, Amory Lovins (Design Mind winner) and Bill Moggridge (Lifetime Achievement winner) will discuss the relationship between technology and sustainability and the impact both will have on the future.

All the programs are free and open to the public so if you’re in the D.C. area, we hope you will take advantage of this great moment in design! Learn more about attending these programs.

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