National Design Month Events

On the left side of the image is a graphic of colorful circles overlaid. On the right side, a young Project Invent student tries a prototype on a user's wrist while another student smiles and gets ready to help.
Wed. October 27, 2021
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET
For this year’s National Design Month, Cooper Hewitt highlights some of the inspiring organizations from around the country that share the museum’s mission to educate, inspire, and empower through design. This week’s program features the work of Project Invent, a nonprofit organization based in Menlo Park, California dedicated to empowering every high school student to become an inventor.   .
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Virtual Program
Image of the architect Carol Ross Barney next to an image of the McDonald’s Chicago Flagship, which was designed by Ross Barney Architects.
Thu. October 28, 2021
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Join us on a journey behind the scenes with Ross Barney Architects, winner of the 2021 National Design Award for Architecture and Interior Design. Founder Carol Ross Barney and her team will discuss their design process with 2021 National Design Award Juror Patricia Saldaña Natke, before taking us on a virtual tour of the McDonald’s Chicago Flagship. The one-of-a-kind building radically deviates from a typical prototype restaurant and begins to ask new questions about customer experience and impact. From its solar pergola to the indoor dining areas that seamlessly connect to permeable outdoor plazas and a park, the flagship is a case study on environmental stewardship, all while creating a city oasis where people can eat, drink, and meet. .
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Virtual program
Images on a colorful background. From left to right: a building with colorful, holographic panels, the Netflix logo and the intro to "The Pacific", a person wearing a large collar.
Fri. October 29, 2021
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Cooper Hewitt welcomes visitors who are blind and those with low vision to join us for a special Virtual Visual Description Tour introducing the 2021 National Design Award winners. Participants will explore select design objects or projects created by each of the winners, with time for questions and conversation throughout. .
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Pre-registration required and spots are limited. To register, email