|Seventh Annual National Design Week to be held October 13–21.
The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has announced the winners of the 2012 National Design Awards, which recognize excellence across a variety of disciplines, including landscape architecture. Boston-based Stoss Landscape Urbanism is this year’s recipient in that category. The award recipients will be honored at a gala dinner Wednesday, October 17, at Pier Sixty in New York City as part of National Design Week, October 13-21.
“The National Design Awards program is Cooper-Hewitt’s largest and most widespread educational initiative and celebrates the full spectrum of American design practice,” says Director Bill Moggridge. “The provocative work of this year’s winners truly shapes the way we experience the world.”
First launched at the White House in 2000 as a project of the White House Millennium Council, the National Design Awards were established to promote excellence and innovation in design. The awards are accompanied each year by a variety of public education programs, including special events, panel discussions, and workshops. First Lady Michelle Obama serves as the Honorary Patron for this year’s National Design Awards.
A jury of design leaders and educators from across the country, convened by the museum, reviewed submissions resulting from thousands of nominations submitted by the general public. Nominees must have at least seven years of experience in order to be nominated, and winners are selected based on the level of excellence, innovation, and public impact of their body of work.
National Design Week is made possible in part by the generous sponsorship of Target. The National Design Awards are supported in part by Behance. Media sponsorship for the National Design Awards is provided by Fast Company. The National Design Award Trophies were created by the Corning Museum of Glass, in collaboration with Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. National Design Awards and National Design Week professional supporters include ASLA; AIGA | the professional association for design; American Institute of Architects New York Chapter; American Society of Interior Designers; Architecture and Design Film Festival; Industrial Designers Society of America New York City; and Interaction Design Association.
The 2012 National Design Award recipients are:
- Lifetime Achievement: Richard Saul Wurman
- Design Mind: Janine Benyus
- Corporate and Institutional Achievement: Design that Matters
- Architecture Design: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
- Communication Design: Rebeca Méndez
- Fashion Design: Thom Browne
- Interaction Design: Evan Roth
- Interior Design: Clive Wilkinson Architects
- Landscape Architecture: Stoss Landscape Urbanism
- Product Design: Scott Wilson.
Read about the winners here.
National Design Week, Oct. 13–21, aims to promote a better understanding of the role that design plays in all aspects of daily life. In addition to hosting a Teen Design Fair and Winners’ Panel, the program will reach school teachers and their students nationally, in the classroom, and online, through Cooper-Hewitt’s Educator Resource Center (www.educatorresourcecenter.org). The site features more than 400 lesson plans aligned to national and state standards that demonstrate how the design process can enhance the teaching of all subjects and features discussion boards that provide a forum for educators to exchange ideas. The museum’s website also features the year-round “Design Across America” clickable map listing design-oriented events throughout the country.
The People’s Design Award, now in its seventh year, invites the public to express their views on what constitutes good design, whether an everyday object, a design classic, or an architectural landmark, from September 12 through October 15. By logging on to www.cooperhewitt.org, users can browse and vote from the existing nominees or upload images to nominate a new work. The winning design will be announced October 17 at the National Design Awards Gala.