National Design Awards

MIT D-Lab Designing for a More Equitable World
NDA 20 YRS | Q&A with Amy Smith, MIT D-Lab
MIT D-Lab is the recipient of the 2019 National Design Award for Corporate & Institutional Achievement. Founded in 2002 by MIT senior lecturer Amy Smith, D-Lab began as a single course known as The Haiti Class, which sought to apply engineering and design principles to the complex issues faced by people living in poverty. That...
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NDA 20 YRS | Q&A with Derek Lam
Derek Lam is the recipient of the 2019 National Design Award for Fashion Design. His work is known for its calculated simplicity and thoughtful detailing that creates a sophisticated modern sensibility. A San Francisco native, Lam began his fashion career in 1990. He spent eight years as a designer at Michael Kors before launching his...
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NDA 20 YRS | Q&A with Kate Orff
SCAPE Landscape Architecture is the recipient of the 2019 National Design Award for Landscape Architecture. Founded by MacArthur Fellow Kate Orff in 2005, SCAPE believes landscape architecture can enable positive change in communities through the creation of regenerative living infrastructure and public landscapes. The studio works to integrate natural cycles and systems into environments across...
Susan Kare, a handsome fifty year old woman with dark blonde hair, a tan complexion, and green eyes, smiles broadly. She is wearing a purple tank top and a pearl necklace
NDA 20 YRS | Q&A with Susan Kare
Susan Kare is the recipient of the 2019 National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement. For over 35 years she has designed many notable icons and graphics that have become familiar to anyone who uses a computer. Her early work was developed using a minimalist grid of pixels and constructed with mosaic-like precision; despite the low...
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2018 National Design Awards in Detroit
Recorded live: A conversation on how design has shaped Detroit with National Design Award winners, including: David Malda, Principal, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (2011 Landscape Architecture Award) Chris Reed, Founder and Director, Stoss Landscape Urbanism (2012 Landscape Architecture Award) Richard Roark, Partner, OLIN (2008 Landscape Architecture Award) Craig Wilkins, architect, academic, and author (2017 Design Mind...
Image of a panel discussion in the Cooper Hewitt conservatory. From left to right: Cynthia Smith, curator in dark blue, Liz Gerber in bright blue, Christina Kim in pink and blue flower suit, Gail Anderson, in dark blue, and Gabriel Stromberg
2018 NDA Winners’ Salon | Social Good/Equity
This year’s National Design Award winners, Gail Anderson, Christina Kim, Gabriel Stromberg of Civilization, and Liz Gerber of Design for America, discuss the role of the designer in creating meaningful and impactful change. This intimate conversation touches on topics such as our changing cultural landscape, issues of access, and the responsibility of the designer.
Image of Designer Rebeca Mendez teaches a master class during the 2018 National Design Awards Winners Salon
2018 NDA Winners’ Salon | Master Class with Rebeca MÉNDEZ
2012 National Design Award winner Rebeca Méndez leads a master class exploring the themes on view in Rebeca Méndez Selects, and her research and practice around ‘artistic fieldwork practice.’ Méndez also discusses the CounterForce Lab, a center she created within UCLA, School of Art and Architecture with a focus on art, design and environment.
Image of Curator Andrea Lipps listens to NDA winners Neri Oxman, Mikyoung Kim, and Christina Kim at a winners' panel discussion
2018 NDA Winners’ Salon | Materials/Technology
Winners' panel conversation touching on topics such as the life cycle of materials, the development of new material paradigms, and the future of design resources.
Image of 2018 National Design Award winners Anne Whiston Spirn, Chad Oppenheim of Oppenheim Architecture + Design, John Christakos of Blu Dot, Michael Manfredi of Weiss/Manfredi, with Deputy Curatorial Director Matilda McQuaid
2018 NDA Winners’ Salon | Human Experience, Built Environment
An intimate conversation touching on topics such as their creative practice, challenges facing designers, and the collaborative nature of design.