Cooper-Hewitt Announces 14th Annual National Design Awards Winners

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013
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Studio Gang Architects won in the architecture category. (Steve Hall / Courtesy Cooper-Hewitt)

Studio Gang Architects won in the architecture category. This is their design for a Lincoln Park Zoo pavilion in Chicago. (Steve Hall / Courtesy Cooper-Hewitt)

Acting director Caroline Baumann of The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has announced the winners of the 2013 National Design Awards. The 14th annual Awards program continues the practice of acknowledging excellence and innovation across an array of disciplines. This year’s winners will be recognized during a gala dinner on Thursday, October 17 at New York’s Pier 60 in conjunction with National Design Week, where they will be presented with trophies created by The Corning Museum of Glass.

James Wines awarded Lifetime Achievement Award. (Courtesy Cooper-Hewitt)

James Wines awarded Lifetime Achievement Award. (Courtesy Cooper-Hewitt)

Michael Sorkin was awarded the Design Mind prize. (Courtesy Cooper-Hewitt)

Michael Sorkin was awarded the Design Mind prize. (Courtesy Cooper-Hewitt)

This year’s Lifetime Achievement award recipient is James Wines, founder and president of New York-based architectural studio SITE, who addresses context and environmental issues in his designs. Another big winner is Michael Sorkin, who claims the Design Mind prize for his work in urbanism and green architecture.

The TED conference won for Corporate and Institutional Achievement. (Courtesy Cooper-Hewitt)

The TED conference won for Corporate and Institutional Achievement. (Courtesy Cooper-Hewitt)

Studio Gang Architects-principal Jeanne Gang wins the Architecture Design award. (Courtesy Cooper-Hewitt)

Studio Gang Architects-principal Jeanne Gang wins the Architecture Design award. (Steve Hall / Starlight Murphey / Courtesy Cooper-Hewitt)

TED—the nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading”—has been selected for the Corporate and Institutional Achievement prize. For its site-specific projects that act as responses to contemporary issues, Studio Gang Architects-principal Jeanne Gang wins the Architecture Design award.

Petragram principal Paula Scher wins in Communication Design. (Courtesy Cooper-Hewitt)

Petragram principal Paula Scher wins in Communication Design. (Courtesy Cooper-Hewitt)

Behnaz Sarafpour wins in Fashion Design. (Courtesy Cooper-Hewitt)

Behnaz Sarafpour wins in Fashion Design. (Courtesy Cooper-Hewitt)

Interior Design award goes to Aidlin Darling Design. (Courtesy Cooper Hewitt)

Interior Design award goes to Aidlin Darling Design. (Courtesy Cooper Hewitt)

Local Project is the Interaction Design winner. (Courtesy Cooper-Hewitt)

Local Project is the Interaction Design winner. (Courtesy Cooper-Hewitt)

Petragram principal Paula Scher takes the stage as the Communication Design award recipient. Bloomberg, Citibank, and MoMA are just a few on her impressive list of clients. Fashion Design winner Behnaz Sarafpour implements organically produced pieces in her high-fashion and affordably-priced collection. Media design firm Local Project is the Interaction Design award recipient and the Interior Design award goes to Aidlin Darling Design.

Margie Ruddick wins for Landscape Architecture. (Courtesy Cooper-Hewitt)

Margie Ruddick wins for Landscape Architecture. (Courtesy Cooper-Hewitt)

Product Design award recipient  is NewDealDesign. (Courtesy Cooper-Hewitt)

Product Design award recipient is NewDealDesign. (Courtesy Cooper-Hewitt)

Margie Ruddick, who employs an environmental approach to urban landscape design, is the Landscape Architecture category winner. The Product Design award recipient  is NewDealDesign, a San Francisco-based multidisciplinary firm.

This year’s jury includes Charles Adler, Gail Anderson, Gisue Hariri, Jon Kolko, Thom Mayne, Zoë Ryan, Christine Ten Eyck, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, and Gianfranco Zaccai.

The 2013 winners “have made a major impact in their respective fields through groundbreaking projects and visionary ideas,” Baumann said in a statement. “They have truly transformed the way we live, think, work, and communicate with each other.”

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