A Look at This Year's National Design Award Winners

A Look at This Year's National Design Award Winners

By Dwell
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.

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. 

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.

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

Architecture Design: Marlon Blackwell Architects Fayetteville, Arkansas-based architect and educator Marlon Blackwell creates structures that blend vernacular and contemporary forms. The Ruth Lily Visitors Pavilion, designed for the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indiana, picture here, was completed in 2010. 

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 designed and authored on more than 200 books over the span of his career. 


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