Cities

Photograph of National Design Awards in Washington, DC

NDA Cities

As part of the museum’s National Design Awards programming, Cooper Hewitt travels to three cities each year, connecting NDA winners, past and present, to local communities. NDA CITIES connects students, educators, and design enthusiasts with design, award winning designers and museum resources through hands-on workshops, professional development opportunities, and dynamic panel discussions. In celebration of the 19th National Design Awards, NDA CITIES will travel to Boston (Nov. 15–17), San Francisco (Feb. 5-7) and Detroit (spring 2019).

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Upcoming Events

04/10
Wednesday
Wed. April 10, 2019
5:00pm to 7:00pm
How might we empower the next generation to solve the complex challenges of tomorrow? Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will introduce educators and non-profit organizations to design, design process, and design stories that serve as powerful tools for building critical 21st Century Skills. Participants will learn how to use the free resources that are available through Cooper Hewitt and the Smithsonian and explore strategies to engage youth in building critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills through a series of highly interactive activities. .
Event Address:
Detroit Center for Design and Technology at Lawrence Technological University
Studio 4-5
4219 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
04/11
Thursday
Thu. April 11, 2019
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Join us for a lively conversation on how design has shaped Detroit with National Design Award winners and Cara McCarty, Director of Curatorial at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Craig Wilkins (2017 Design Mind Award) Chris Reed, founder and director, Stoss Landscape Urbanism (2012 Landscape Architecture Award) David Malda, principal, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (2011 Landscape... .
Event Address:
MoGo Warehouse
6545 Saint Antoine St.
Detroit, MI 48202

04/13
Saturday
Sat. April 13, 2019
11:00am to 1:00pm
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum invites audiences of all ages to participate in a collaborative drop-in design activity. Learn how landscape designers create prototypes to solve everyday problems. Prototype your own solution—using paper, glue, and your imagination—and add it to the infinite park. This activity is inspired by the winners of the National Design Award, the nation's highest honor in design. .
Event Address:
The Belt Alley, Detroit, MI

The Belt Alley is located just east of Woodward Ave and connects Grand River and Gratiot Avenue between Broadway and Library Street in Downtown Detroit.

PREVIOUS EVENTS

2018 NATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS IN BOSTON

Cooper Hewitt celebrated the 2018 National Design Awards in Boston with a panel and reception on November 15, 2018 through a series of education programs that engaged with the public and students on the power of design with winners including Mikyoung Kim, Founding Principal, Mikyoung Kim Design (Landscape Architecture Award), Sunanda Sharma, researcher, The Mediated Matter Group(Interaction Design Award) and Anne Whiston Spirn, landscape architect, professor, and author (Design Mind Award).

Programs included a special reception and panel discussion, a professional development for K–12 educators, and design-based, hands-on learning experiences for local K–12 schools.

Watch the full National Design Awards in Boston panel discussion below.

2017 NATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS IN BOSTON

Cooper Hewitt celebrated the 2017 National Design Awards in Boston with a panel and reception on March 1, 2018 through a series of education programs that engaged with the public and students on the power of design with winners including Craig L. Wilkins, architect, academic, and author (Design Mind Award); Alan Ricks, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, MASS Design Group (Architecture Design Award), and Deborah Berke, Partner, Deborah Berke Partners (Interior Design Award).

Programs included a special reception and panel discussion, a professional development for K–12 educators, and design-based, hands-on learning experiences for local K–12 schools, including Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School, and TechBoston Academy.

Watch the full National Design Awards in Boston panel discussion below.

2017 National Design Awards in San Francisco

Cooper Hewitt celebrated the 2017 National Design Awards in San Francisco on January 24, 2018 through a series of education programs that engaged with the public and students on the power of design with winners including Hartmut Esslinger, designer, founder of frog design (Lifetime Achievement Award); James Lord, founding principal of Surfacedesign (Landscape Architecture Award); Jennifer Morla, president and creative director of Morla Design (Communication Design Award); and Eric Rodenbeck, CEO and creative director of Stamen Design (Interaction Design Award).

Programs included a special reception and panel discussion, a professional development for K–12 educators, and design-based, hands-on learning experiences for local K–12 schools, including Abraham Lincoln High School, Bayside STEAM Academy, Gateway Middle School, June Jordan School for Equity, and PLACE @ Prescott Elementary School.

Watch the full National Design Awards in San Francisco panel discussion below.

2017 NATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS IN WASHINGTON, DC

Cooper Hewitt celebrated the 2017 National Design Awards in Washington, DC on November 9, 2017 through a series of education programs that engaged with the public and students on the power of design with winners including Susan Chin, executive director of Design Trust for Public Space (Corporate & Institutional Achievement Award); Mary Ping, founder of Slow and Steady Wins the Race (Fashion Design Award); and Susan S. Szenasy, director of design innovation of Metropolis (Director’s Award).

Programs included a special reception and panel discussion as well as design-based, hands-on learning experiences for local K–12 schools, including DC Bilingual Public Charter School, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Phelps ACE Senior High School, and School Without Walls.

2016 National Design Awards in San Francisco

View photos below of the inaugural celebration of the west coast winners of the National Design Awards at DWR San Francisco on January 24, 2017. Hundreds of guests enjoyed an evening of drinks and conversation, followed by a lively discussion with 2016 National Design Award winners: Verda Alexander, founder and principal, Studio O+A (Interior Design); Robert Brunner, founder and partner of Ammunition (Product Design); Geoff McFetridge (Communication Design); Gavin McMillan, principal of Hargreaves Associates (Landscape Architecture); and Nick Scappaticci, founder and partner of Tellart (Interaction Design).