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May 11, 2016
Following the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum's announcement of this year's National Design Award winners, we celebrate each honoree with a look at some of their most commendable works.
Moshe Safdie's Habiat 67 in Montreal, Canada

Lifetime Achievement: Moshe Safdie

An architect, urbanist, planner, educator, theorist and author, Moshe Safdie has worn many hats over the years. Three years after completing his studies at McGill University, the Israeli-Canadian architect completed his first built project, Habitat '67, a model for community housing that remains seminal today. Originally conceived as his master's thesis project, the structure, completed in 1967, comprises a collage of 354 prefabricated units.

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Solar powered home by Make It Right

Director's Award: Make It Right

Nonprofit organization Make It Right, founded by Brad Pitt in 2007, received the Director's Award for its focus on building homes and structures for communities in need. All of its projects—including this 1,780-square-foot, LEED Platinum certified home designed by Frank Gehry in New Orleans, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina—are made with an eye towards sustainable practices.

 

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Corporate and Institutional Achievement: Center for Urban Pedagogy

Since its founding in 2001, New York City–based nonprofit Center for Urban Pedagogy has engaged with in civic engagement with communities in need. CUP produces educational tools, like this kit of accessible materials on issues pertaining to affordable housing, to improve awareness about complex public policies and advocate for social justice.

 

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Marlon Blackwell architecture

Architecture Design: Marlon Blackwell Architects

Fayetteville, Arkansas–based architect and educator Marlon Blackwell creates structures that blend vernacular and contemporary forms. The Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion, designed for the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indiana, pictured here, was completed in 2010.

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Bruce Mau's design books

Design Mind: Bruce Mau

After 25 years in the design business, innovator, author and designer Bruce Mau founded his consulting firm, Massive Change Network, in 2010. Applying design thinking to a wide swath of disciplines and for clients and countries worldwide, he has also designed and authored on more than 200 books over the span of his career.

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Geoff McFettridge art and graphics

Communication Design: Geoff McFetridge

The output of Los Angeles–based graphic designer and artist Geoff McFettridge takes myriad forms, from whole building facades, to museum installations—like this 2008 multimedia show, In the Mind, at the Seattle Art Museum—to posters, books, and packaging. Though his design studio, Champion Graphics, McFetridge has always maintained an independent practice.

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Opening Ceremony Rene Magritte collaboration

Fashion Design: Opening Ceremony

Carol Lim and Humberto Leon first met as undergraduates of the University of California, Berkeley, before relocating to New York and cofounding concept fashion boutique Opening Ceremony. The venture has since blossomed into an international brand, with original collections for men and women, retail stores in New York, Los Angeles, Nagoya, and Tokyo; and a recurring set of impossibly cool collaborations, like this 2014 capsule collection featuring works by French surrealist Rene Magritte.

 

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Tellart's interactive installation for Chrome Web Lab

Interaction Design: Tellart

The interactive designs of international studio Tellart, founded in 2000 by Matt Cottam and Nick Scappaticci, aren't just confined to screen interfaces. Their team of designers, engineers, and filmmakers concept engaging works across digital and physical mediums, including this installation—the first fully Web-accessible museum exhibition—with Google for the Chrome Web Lab.

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Studio O+A's office design for Yelp

Interior Design: Studio O+A

San Francisco–based Studio O+A can be attributed to many of the paradigm–shifting workplaces we see today. Founded in Silicon Valley in 1991, the firm has worked with a host of American startups and businesses, including Yelp, for whom they designed their headquarters, marked by abstracted graphics and casual meeting hubs.

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Hargreaves Associates, Louisville Waterfront Park

Landscape Architecture: Hargreaves Associates

With offices in New York, San Francisco, and Cambridge, for more than 30 years landscape architecture firm Hargreaves Associates have designed countless urban green spaces with an eye towards transforming neglected urban sites. Among their projects is the Louisville Waterfront Park in Kentucky, completed in 2003, which reclaimed roughly 80 acres of a previously industrial site.

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Ammunition design's June Intelligent Oven

Product Design: Ammunition

Working across product design, service design, brand identity, user experience, graphics, and packaging, 60-person firm Ammunition has worked with a range of brands, including Beats by Dr. Dre, Lyft, Polaraoid, and more. Pictured is the June Intelligent Oven, the first truly intelligent countertop oven, designed in 2015.

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Moshe Safdie's Habiat 67 in Montreal, Canada

Lifetime Achievement: Moshe Safdie

An architect, urbanist, planner, educator, theorist and author, Moshe Safdie has worn many hats over the years. Three years after completing his studies at McGill University, the Israeli-Canadian architect completed his first built project, Habitat '67, a model for community housing that remains seminal today. Originally conceived as his master's thesis project, the structure, completed in 1967, comprises a collage of 354 prefabricated units.

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