NDA Winners 2017

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Lifetime Achievement
Hartmut Esslinger Hartmut Esslinger is an internationally renowned industrial designer now living in Los Gatos, California. The first designer to bring human-driven, high-touch design to the world of complex hardware and software technology, Esslinger founded frog design in his native Germany in 1969 and expanded it to the United States in 1982. Together with his...
Director’s Award
Susan S. Szenasy Susan S. Szenasy is publisher and editor in chief of Metropolis, the magazine of design at all scales, having led the magazine since 1986. For the past 45 years, Szenasy has contributed an unparalleled confluence of advocacy and ethics in positioning architecture and design as humanistic activities in contemporary culture. A respected...
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Design Mind
Craig L. Wilkins Craig L. Wilkins is an architect, academic, and author recognized as one of the country’s leading scholars on African Americans in architecture. He is the former director of the Detroit Community Design Center and a lecturer at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan in Ann...
Corporate & Institutional Achievement
Design Trust for Public Space The Design Trust for Public Space is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the future of New York City. Founded in 1995 by Andrea Woodner to bring design expertise into the public realm, the Design Trust remains at the forefront of shaping New York City’s shared civic spaces and infrastructure—from streets,...
Architecture Design
MASS Design Group Founded in 2008, MASS Design Group is a design collaborative of 75 employees working in more than a dozen countries with offices in Boston and Kigali, Rwanda. With a portfolio that spans the fields of design, research, advocacy, and training, MASS is committed to understanding the short- and long-term ripple effects made...
Communication Design
Jennifer Morla Jennifer Morla established San Francisco–based Morla Design in 1984 as a multi-disciplinary studio and has since continued to pair wit and elegance on everything from motion graphics and branding to retail environments and textiles. Morla has created design programs for Levi’s, Design Within Reach, and the Mexican Museum. She has been honored with...
Fashion Design
Slow and Steady Wins the Race New York–based designer Mary Ping founded Slow and Steady Wins the Race in 2002, following the launch of her eponymous collection in 2001. The work is a continuous investigation into the elements of what people wear, how they wear it, and why. Each collection contains a commentary on the...
Interaction Design
Stamen Design Stamen Design is an independent design and technology company founded by Eric Rodenbeck in San Francisco. Since 2001, Stamen has consistently innovated in interactive design, building beautiful, technically sophisticated projects for a diverse range of clients, including Digital Globe, the Dalai Lama, New York City, the World Health Organization, MTV, and universities around...
Interior Design
Deborah Berke Partners Deborah Berke Partners is a New York–based architecture and interior design practice led by partners Deborah Berke, Maitland Jones, and Marc Leff, and senior principals Stephen Brockman and Caroline Wharton Ewing. Together, they dissolve the boundaries between architecture and interior design by distilling complex considerations—environmental, social, and aesthetic—to their essence. From visionary...