Opening Remarks by Smithsonian’s Acting Provost and Under Secretary for Museums and Research, Richard Kurin, and Cooper Hewitt’s Director, Caroline Baumann. Gala held in honor of the 2016 National Design Award winners.
The National Design Awards were conceived by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum to honor lasting achievement in American design. The Awards are bestowed in recognition of excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life. First launched at the White House in 2000 as an official project of the White House Millennium Council, the annual Awards program celebrates design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seeks to increase national awareness of the impact of design through education initiatives.