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. 15–16), San Francisco (Feb. 7) and Detroit (spring 2019).

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Upcoming Events

11/15
Thursday
Thu. November 15, 2018
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum invites you to celebrate the 2018 National Design Awards in Boston. Join us for a cocktail reception and lively conversation with National Design Award winners, including: Mikyoung Kim, Founding Principal, Mikyoung Kim Design (Landscape Architecture Award) Sunanda Sharma, researcher, The Mediated Matter Group (Interaction Design Award) Anne Whiston Spirn, landscape... .
Event Address:
EPAM Continuum (2011 National Design Award Winner for Product Design)
21 Drydock Avenue
Boston, MA

11/17
Saturday
Sat. November 17, 2018
11:00am to 1:00pm
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum invites audiences of all ages to participate in a hands-on landscape design workshop with this year’s National Design Award winner Mikyoung Kim Design. Participants will make their own unique, 3-dimensional landscape prototypes and collaborative park. .
Event Address:
Atrium
100 Federal Street
Boston, MA 02110
11/17
Saturday
Sat. November 17, 2018
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Join this year’s National Design Award winner Mikyoung Kim Design for a conversation and hands-on workshop that explores the firm’s design process. The workshop will challenge participants to redefine their understanding of landscape architecture, offer insights on the intersection of art and science, and discuss strategies for problem solving at different scales. .
Event Address:
Atrium
100 Federal Street
Boston, MA 02110

PREVIOUS EVENTS

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).