Design in DC

National Design Awards and the White House

The National Design Awards were first launched at the White House in 2000 as an official project of the White House Millennium Council. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton served as the Honorary Patron in the inaugural year, and First Lady Laura Bush and First Lady Michelle Obama have continued this tradition.

View First Lady Michelle Obama’s message on the 15th anniversary of the National Design Awards.

Special Thanks

DC High School Design Summit

Cooper Hewitt celebrated the 2015 and 2016 National Design Awards in Washington, DC on May 13, 2016 with the DC High School Design Summit, sponsored by Target. This inspiring education program introduced hundreds of public high school students to the power of design with the 2015 and 2016 National Design Award winners and special guest designers.

As part of the Design Summit, students took part in the DC Teen Design Fair where they met with the National Design Award winners to discuss career and education opportunities in design.

The NYC Teen Design Fair is held each year as part of National Design Week. Students have the opportunity to meet with professionals working in the fields of fashion, product design, architecture, graphic design, and more. In prior years, these one-minute mentoring sessions have led to internships for the teens. A keynote address was delivered by Tim Gunn, co-host and mentor of Lifetime’s Project Runway. Teens also earned a digital credential badge for documenting their experience and gathering career-building knowledge from the guest designers.

2013 DC Teen Design Fair with Tim Gunn