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 within the year, connecting NDA winners, past and present, to local communities. NDA – CITIES introduces design thinking to students, educators, and design enthusiasts through hands-on workshops, professional development opportunities, and dynamic panel discussions. In 2019, NDA – CITIES will travel to Boston, Detroit, and San Francisco.

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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.

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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.

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.

Previous events

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).