2016 National Design Awards Winners

John Hill
5. May 2016
Image: Courtesy of Cooper Hewitt

The 17th annual awards are given in eleven categories: Lifetime Achievement, Director's Award, Design Mind, Corporate & Institutional Achievement, Architecture Design, Communication Design, Fashion Design, Interaction Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, and Product Design. 

Caroline Baumann, Cooper Hewitt director, said in the announcement: "This year's class of winners reflect design's remarkable empathy for contemporary social concerns: from promoting workplace productivity to preserving vernacular traditions to encouraging civic engagement. These designers and design firms cross disciplinary boundaries, explore innovative materials and develop new models of problem-solving in pursuit of these goals."

Winners will receive their awards at a gala in Washington, DC, in October.

Moshe Safdie: Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum (Photo: Timothy Hursley)

  • Lifetime Achievement: Moshe Safdie
  • Director’s Award: Make It Right
  • Design Mind: Bruce Mau
  • Corporate & Institutional Achievement: Center for Urban Pedagogy

Make It Right

  • Architecture Design: Marlon Blackwell Architects
  • Communication Design: Geoff McFetridge
  • Fashion Design: Opening Ceremony
  • Interaction Design: Tellart

Marlon Blackwell Architects: Vol Walker Hall & the Steven L Anderson Design Center (Photo: Timothy Hursley)

  • Interior Design: Studio O+A
  • Landscape Architecture: Hargreaves Associates
  • Product Design: Ammunition

Hargreaves Associates: Ribbon Park on the Haihe River

The 2016 National Design Awards Jury:

  • Mariana Amatullo, cofounder and vice president, Designmatters, Art Center College of Design
  • Matthew Carter, principal, Carter & Cone Type
  • John Christakos, cofounder, Blu Dot
  • Julia Czerniak, associate dean and professor, Syracuse Architecture
  • Marisa Gardini, managing partner, BCL-ED Newco LLC
  • Jeff Han, interaction designer
  • Uri Minkoff, CEO and cofounder, Rebecca Minkoff
  • Chad Oppenheim, principal, Oppenheim Architecture
  • Dan Pitera, executive director, Detroit Collaborative Design Center

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