National Design Awards Virtual Gala

Celebrate the power of design. Tune in to the virtual gala for the first-ever live announcement of this year’s National Design Award winners, and kick off National Design Month with us. This event is open for all to enjoy from home.

The gala provides important financial support for Cooper Hewitt’s work to educate, inspire, and empower people through design. Thank you for considering your support.


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