National Design Awards in Detroit

Join Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum for a lively conversation among winners and jurors of the 2021 National Design Awards, which recognize innovation and impact and the power of design to change the world. The discussion will look at contemporary challenges and opportunities in design, including equity and climate change, as well as the role of collaboration as part of the design process, particularly with local communities.

Moderated by 2021 National Design Award Juror Kofi Boone (Professor, NC State University), the panel will feature 2021 National Design Award winners Doris Sung (Climate Action Award for InVert™ Self-Shading Window), Bryan Lee, Jr. of Colloqate Design (Emerging Designer Award), and Mia Lehrer of Studio-MLA (Landscape Architecture Award).

Learn more about the winners of the 2021 National Design Awards!


This free program will feature a moderated panel discussion followed by an audience Q&A hosted through Zoom, with the option to dial in as well. Details will be emailed to you upon registration. This program includes closed captioning. For general questions or if we can provide additional accessibility services or accommodations to support your participation, please email us at or let us know when registering.


This program is being held as part of Cooper Hewitt’s NDA Cities program, connecting National Design Award winners with communities around the country. Find out about additional virtual education programs in Detroit:

ABOUT Detroit Month of Design

This event is an official part of the Detroit Month of Design program taking place September 1-30. Programmed by Design Core, Detroit Month of Design is a citywide celebration of creativity that gathers designers and the greater community to celebrate Detroit’s role as a UNESCO City of Design.

Special Thanks

National Design Awards Cities: Detroit is made possible with generous support from The Hirsch Family Foundation.