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Lifetime Achievement
Susan Kare Susan Kare is a pioneering graphic designer based in San Francisco, California. For over thirty-five years she has designed many notable icons and graphics that have become familiar to anyone who uses a computer. Her early work was developed using a minimalist grid of pixels and constructed with mosaic-like precision; despite the low...
Director’s Award
Mark Chambers Mark Chambers is an architect and director of sustainability for the City of New York. He leads the design and development of policies and programs to enable a resilient, zero-carbon built environment and a fair, healthy future for all 8.6 million residents of the largest city in the United States. This future vision...
Design Mind
Patricia Moore Patricia Moore is an internationally renowned designer, gerontologist, and leading authority on consumer lifespan behaviors. From 1979 to 1982, Moore traveled throughout North America disguised as elder women—her body altered to simulate the normal sensory changes associated with aging—to better respond to people, products, and environments. Moore’s clients include Johnson & Johnson, Maytag,...
Corporate & Institutional Achievement
MIT D-Lab MIT D-Lab has become a global leader in participatory design, empowering thousands to address the daily challenges of poverty through design and social entrepreneurship. Founded in 2002 by MIT senior lecturer Amy Smith, D-Lab began as a single course known as The Haiti Class, which sought to apply engineering and design principles to...
Architecture Design
Thomas Phifer Thomas Phifer founded his New York studio in 1997. He has completed projects such as the Glenstone Museum expansion in Potomac, Maryland, the Corning Museum of Glass expansion in Corning, New York, and the Raymond and Susan Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He is currently engaged in the design of...
Communication Design
Tobias Frere-Jones Tobias Frere-Jones is one of the world’s leading typeface designers, creating some of the most widely used typefaces, including Interstate, Poynter Oldstyle, Whitney, Gotham, Surveyor, Tungsten, and Retina. He started designing letterforms in 1986 at the age of sixteen and became a professional type designer in 1990. He has taught type design at...
Fashion Design
Derek Lam Derek Lam is a leading designer of relaxed yet elevated American sportswear. His work is known for its calculated simplicity and thoughtful detailing that creates a sophisticated modern sensibility. A San Francisco native, Lam began his fashion career in 1990. He spent eight years as a designer at Michael Kors before launching his...
Interaction Design
Ivan Poupyrev Ivan Poupyrev is an award-winning scientist, designer, and technical leader. Over the last twenty years, he has invented, developed, and brought to market breakthrough technologies and interaction concepts that allow for seamless blending of digital and physical interactivity in everyday objects and devices. Previously at Walt Disney Imagineering Research Division and Sony Computer...
Interior Design
IwamotoScott Architecture IwamotoScott Architecture is a San Francisco-based architecture and design firm founded by Lisa Iwamoto and Craig Scott in 2000. Committed to pursuing architecture as a form of applied design research, the firm believes that each project can achieve a unique design synthesis. Conceptual themes of the work focus on strategies of adaptation and...