Every year the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum honors lasting achievement in American design through the National Design Awards program. The 2013 winners were announced this morning.
Now in its 14th year, the annual program “celebrates design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seeks to increase national awareness of the impact of design through education initiatives.” The ten recipients are recognized for their excellence, innovation and enhancement of the quality of life through design.
The 2013 jury responsible for selecting the recipients was comprised of designers and educators from around the nation and included Charles Adler, head of design at Kickstarter.
The 2013 National Design Awards recipients are:
Lifetime Achievement: James Wines
James Wines is founder and president of the New York-based architectural studio SITE. His multidisciplinary work focuses on environmental issues in architecture and includes public space, environmental art, interior, and landscape design. Since 1970, Wines has designed more than 150 projects in 11 countries.
Design Mind: Michael Sorkin
Michael Sorkin is a master of many trades. He’s an architect, principal of Michael Sorkin Studio, president of the non-profit Terreform, professor and program director at the City College of New York, critic, and the author and editor of numerous publications including Twenty Minutes in Manhattan and All Over the Map.
Corporate & Institutional Achievement: TED
Since its start in 1984, TED has grown from a conference to a household name. The nonprofit organization explores the theme of “Ideas Worth Spreading” in technology, entertainment and design. There are currently more than 1,400 published TED Talks in more than 95 languages. In 2012, TED Talks surpassed 1 billion online views.
Architecture Design: Studio Gang Architects
Studio Gang Architects is a collective of architects, designers and thinkers based in Chicago. Founder Jeanne Gang and her studio use “architecture as a medium of active response to contemporary issues and their impact on human experience.” The firm’s work includes the Aqua Tower and a project for the Lincoln Park Zoo.
Communication Design: Paula Scher
Paula Scher is a known name in graphic design, whose work is even more recognizable for its heavily typographic components. Scher’s portfolio is diverse and past clients include Microsoft, the Museum of Modern Art, Bloomberg, and Citibank.
Fashion Design: Behnaz Sarafpour
Iranian-born designer Behnaz Sarafpour has worked for and collaborated with Lancôme, Earnest Sewn, and Target. She launched her collection in 2001 after working with Narciso Rodriguez and Isaac Mizrahi. Sarafpour’s work is known for its use of innovative textiles and feminine style and has been exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Museum at FIT.
Interaction Design: Local Projects
Local Projects is a media design firm whose work specializes in interaction design and collaborative storytelling projects primarily for museums and public spaces. Jake Barton founded the firm and past clients include SFMOMA and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Local Projects is currently creating all media for the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
Interior Design: Aidlin Darling Design
Joshua Aidlin and David Darling founded Aidlin Darling Design in 1998. Their multidisciplinary firm works to create designs for all the senses. They’re the recipients of a number of other design awards, including two American Architecture Awards.
Landscape Architecture: Margie Ruddick
Margie Ruddick is a landscape architect whose 25-years of work has demonstrated an environmental approach to urban planning, while her designs seek to incorporate ecology with urban planning and culture. She is also the author of the forthcoming book Wild by Design.
Product Design: NewDealDesign
NewDealDesign is a San Francisco-based collaborative design firm that creates not just objects, but entire experiences. Gadi Amit and the firm’s team of industrial, graphic and interaction designers work with strategists and engineers to create designs that help people live better.
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