Design Fair | Meet the Designers: Join Cooper Hewitt for the Design Career Event of the Year

Teens, college students, and emerging designers are invited to learn about the many shapes design careers can take from National Design Award (NDA) winners and guest designers. Get to know peers and hear stories about designers’ paths to success in small breakout groups.

Click here to learn more about participating designers! 

Participants will be able to speak with a total of 4 designers in small breakout rooms during this program. Due to restrictions with Zoom, we are unable to accommodate specific breakout room requests.

All programs are free to the public, preregistration required.

This event will be held virtually. Please contact for any program related questions.


This free program will be hosted through Zoom, with the option to dial in as well. Details will be emailed to you upon registration. CART captioning will be provided. Please reach out to us with any information on how we can support your participation, and with requests for services by emailing

About National Design Month

In 2020, National Design Week expands to a monthlong virtual celebration, gathering the country’s leading designers and communities around the country to celebrate the power of design in our everyday world. Held in conjunction with the National Design Awards, National Design Month will highlight the work of Award winners through a series of free virtual education programs throughout October including talks, tours, workshops, a professional development training, a college fair, and a career fair. Check back throughout October for new activities to be released on the Smithsonian Learning Lab and more!


2020 Special Thanks