2022 National Design Award Winners
The National Design Awards honor innovation and impact and recognize the power of design to change the world. Established in 2000 as a project of the White House Millennium Council, the National Design Awards bring national recognition to the ways in which design enriches everyday life.
Meet the Jury
Cheryl Barton, PLA, FASLA, FAAR, LEED AP, is a landscape architect, design science educator, and founder of San Francisco based O|CB Studio. She has established a national reputation for the seamless integration of design excellence and environmental intelligence in her work. Cheryl received a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and holds a BA in Fine Arts and Geology. She is a fellow and past president of the American Society of Landscape Architecture and a recipient of the prestigious Rome Prize. Prior to founding O|CB, Cheryl was director of the Design Studio at EDAW, Inc. and began her career as a designer in the office of Dan Kiley. In 2022 O|CB joined forces with SCAPE Landscape Architecture where Cheryl will support the SCAPE team in design, leadership, and business development. Concurrently, Cheryl will be working on the archives of her forty-year practice.
Marlon Blackwell, Jury Chair
Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, is a practicing architect in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and the E. Fay Jones Distinguished Professor at the University of Arkansas. Marlon is the recipient of the 2020 AIA Gold Medal, the Institute’s highest honor recognizing those whose work has had an enduring impact on the theory and practice of architecture. Marlon is a lifetime member of the American Academy of Arts and a National Academy of Design Academician, a 2019 Resident Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and a 2014 United States Artists Ford Fellow. Work produced in his professional office, Marlon Blackwell Architects (MBA), has received recognition with significant publication and more than 160 design awards including the 2016 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture. A monograph of Marlon’s early work, “An Architecture of the Ozarks: The Works of Marlon Blackwell” was published in 2005 and a new monograph titled “Radical Practice,” is set for publication in 2022.
Travis Fitch is a multi-disciplinary designer working in architecture, fashion, and product design. Driven by an obsession with pattern, Travis combines geometric research with novel design and fabrication tools to create radical-yet-rational forms. An initial collaboration with fashion house threeASFOUR on their collections Biomimicry and Quantum Vibrations included a series of landmark 3D printed dresses. In 2017, Fitchwork launched Superpattern, a collection of intricately structured, made-to-order lighting and jewelry, with a two-week pop-up in Soho. Travis’s work has been featured in Vogue, the MFA Boston, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. As a part time faculty member with the Parsons Textiles MFA, Travis is critically involved in the research, development, and applications of hybrid textiles. Ongoing projects look to expand on these possibilities, and include an investigation in environmentally responsive silk screening, a pair of retrofit historic buildings, and a series of multi-material 3D printed textiles.
Rick Griffith is a British-West-Indian collagist, writer, letterpress printer, designer, and optimist futurist based in Denver, Colorado. As a designer, he works at the intersection of programming, policy, and production. He is perpetually working toward new understandings of design’s power and authority over people and everyday things. He is a columnist for PRINTmagazine.com, the two-time programming chair for the AIGA National Conference, and the 2023 Acuff Chair at Austin Peay State University. Rick’s works are collected and exhibited worldwide and can be found in the permanent collections of The Denver Art Museum, The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and The Tweed Museum at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He is a founder and partner with Debra Johnson of the graphic design consultancy MATTER, the designer behind the Black Astronaut Research Project, The Pledge for Spaces, and the Introductory Ethic for Designers and Other Thinking Persons. He co-owns a retail revolutionary bookstore and book club for designers, and DJs a live Internet radio show, Design To Kill.
Christina Kim is the co-founder and designer of dosa, a Los Angeles–based clothing, accessories, and housewares company established in 1984 with a focus on rethinking conventional fashion industry production and sustaining artisan cultures. In-house production enables an evolving system for efficient use of natural resources, recycling, and creative reuse. Christina draws on traditional handwork techniques, particularly in India, Mexico, and Colombia, engaging local artisans and communities in long-term collaborations. Recognized globally for sustainable design practices, Christina was named by Time magazine as one of its Innovators of the Year in 2003, received the Innovation in Craft Award by Aid to Artisans in 2006, the Longhouse Reserve Design Award in 2006, and an honorary doctorate from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2017. She received Cooper Hewitt’s 2018 National Design Award for Fashion Design.
Susana Rodríguez de Tembleque
Susana Rodríguez de Tembleque is an award-winning designer, innovator, and storyteller. She is the VP of design of IBM Research, the collective of laboratories in charge of inventing what’s next in computing. Susana’s mission is to create an excellent, differentiated, end-to-end experience for IBM Research. She collaborates with scientists, engineers, designers, and developers to bring to life the most cutting-edge technologies. Prior to this role, Susana was the VP of brand experience for IBM Watson, where she was responsible for advancing IBM’s positioning in AI. Before joining IBM, Susana was the creative director of retail at Apple, where she built a first-of-a-kind cross-functional discipline to design the future experience of Apple retail. She was also founder and executive creative director of Studio Partners, where she collaborated with clients to create bold brand experiences, and she was executive creative director at SYPartners, where she led award-winning design for clients including IBM, Apple, Under Armour, and Starbucks.
Raja Schaar, IDSA, is program director and assistant professor of product design at Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design. She also co-chairs IDSA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council and formerly served as the education director. Raja is an industrial designer with an extensive background in museum exhibit design and healthcare design who is passionate about ways design can make positive impact on social inequities at the intersections of health equity, environmental justice, and STEAM education. Raja studies the ethical implications of design and technology through her research, and teaches through the lenses of science fiction, speculative design, and social entrepreneurship. Her current projects address biases in maternal health through wearable technology and participatory design; community-based co-design for engaging black girls and underrepresented minorities in STEM/STEAM through design, technology, and dance; and biologically-inspired design, sustainability, and climate justice. Raja holds degrees from Georgia Tech and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
2022 Special Thanks
The National Design Awards are made possible with major support from
Major support is also provided by Helen and Edward Hintz and Shelby and Frederick Gans. Generous support is provided by Alexandra and Paul Herzan, Crystal and Chris Sacca, and Lisa Roberts and David Seltzer.
Additional support is provided by Agnes Gund, Amita and Purnendu Chatterjee, Esme Usdan and James Snyder, Jon C. Iwata, Keith Yamashita, Kim and Mac Schuessler, Margery and Edgar Masinter, Richard M. Smith and Dr. Soon-Young Yoon, and Cooper Hewitt’s Board of Trustees.
National Design Award trophies are created by The Corning Museum of Glass.