National Design Awards

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National Design Awards
Awarded forRecognizing design in USA to educate and promote excellence, innovation, and lasting achievement.
CountryUnited States
Presented byCooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
First awarded2000
WebsiteNational Design Awards

The American National Design Awards, founded in 2000, are funded and awarded by Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. There are seven official design categories, and three additional awards. Supplemental awards can be given at the discretion of the jury or institution.

The seven official design categories are:

  • Architecture Design
  • Communications Design
  • Fashion Design (created in 2003)
  • Interior Design (created in 2005)
  • Interaction Design (created for 2009)
  • Landscape Design
  • Product Design

The three additional awards categories are:

  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Design Patron (created in 2001)
  • Design Mind (created in 2005)

The supplemental categories include:

  • People's Design Award (created in 2006)
  • Special Commendation (Awarded in 2008)
  • Special Jury Commendation (created in 2005, but omitted in 2008)
  • American Original (Awarded in 2000 and 2002 only)

Selection criteria[edit]

The selection criteria for all of the awards are excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life. Individual candidates must be citizens or long-term residents of the United States and have been practicing design for at least 7 years. Corporations and institutions must have their headquarters in the United States. Honorees are selected for a body of realized work, not for any one specific project.

Candidates are proposed by an official Nominating Committee and are invited to submit materials for a jury's review. Submissions consist of resumes, portfolios, publications by and about the candidates, and professional-quality audio-visual samples.


The jurors are chosen by the museum based on their prominence and expertise in the design world. Once selected, jurors are briefed on the Museum mission and criteria for the Awards. Decisions are asked to be based on the core criteria: excellence, innovation, and contribution to the quality of life. Museum staff does not enter into the selection process.

The jury meets over a two-day period to thoroughly review every submission. The submissions are assessed in terms of the work's relationship to and impact on contemporary life. Special emphasis is placed on the extent to which the nominee's designs and achievements have benefit the general public.


The annual Awards program celebrates design in various disciplines as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seeks to increase national awareness of design by educating the public and promoting excellence, innovation, and lasting achievement.

The National Design Awards is one of the few programs of its kind structured to continue to benefit the nation long after the Awards ceremony and gala. A suite of educational programs is offered every year in conjunction with the Awards by the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum's Education Department. These programs include: lectures, round-tables, workshops, and fairs based on the vision and work of the Awards' winners.

People's Design Award[edit]

In 2006, the first ever People's Design Award was created in order to give the general public a chance to nominate and vote for their favorite design. Individuals can nominate and vote for their favorite designers via the official website.[1]


Frank Gehry, Lifetime Achievement winner in 2000, architect of Disney Concert Hall.
Paul MacCready, Product Design winner in 2000, AeroVironment Chairman showing a cross section of the AeroVironment/NASA Helios Prototype wing spar.
Peter Eisenman, Architecture Design winner in 2001, architect for "Cidade da Cultura" in Spain.
IDEO, Product Design winner in 2001.
Tom Ford (left), Fashion Design winner in 2002 with actress Julianne Moore.
Eva Zeisel, Lifetime Achievement winner in 2005.
Year Award Winner Finalists Ref
2000 Lifetime Achievement Frank Gehry
2000 Corporate Achievement Apple Computer
2000 Communications Design Ralph Appelbaum
2000 Landscape Architecture Lawrence Halprin
2000 Product Design Paul MacCready
2000 American Original John Hejduk and Morris Lapidus
2001 Lifetime Achievement Robert Wilson
2001 Corporate Achievement Tupperware
2001 Architecture Design Peter Eisenman
2001 Communications Design John Maeda
2001 Landscape Architecture Julie Bargmann of D.I.R.T. Studio
2001 Product Design David M. Kelley & IDEO
2001 Design Patron Stanley Marcus
2002 Lifetime Achievement Dan Kiley
2002 Corporate Achievement Whirlpool Corporation
2002 Architecture Design Steven Holl
2002 Communications Design Lucille Tenazas
2002 Landscape Architecture James Carpenter
2002 Product Design Niels Diffrient
2002 Design Patron Andre Balazs
2002 American Original Geoffrey Beene
2003 Lifetime Achievement I.M. Pei
2003 Corporate Achievement Target Corporation
2003 Architecture Design Billie Tsien and Tod Williams
2003 Communications Design Robert Greenberg
2003 Landscape Architecture Michael Van Valkenburgh
2003 Fashion Design Tom Ford
2003 Product Design Herman Miller
2003 Design Patron Gordon Segal
2004 Lifetime Achievement Milton Glaser
2004 Corporate Achievement Aveda Corporation
2004 Architecture Design Rick Joy and Polshek Partnership
2004 Communications Design
2004 Landscape Architecture William A. McDonough and Partners
2004 Fashion Design Yeohlee Teng
2004 Product Design Yves Béhar
2004 Design Patron Amanda M. Burden
2005 Lifetime Achievement Eva Zeisel [2]
2005 Corporate Achievement Patagonia [2]
2005 Architecture Design Diller Scofidio + Renfro Tom Kundig, Antoine Predock [2]
2005 Communications Design Stefan Sagmeister 2x4, Paula Scher [2]
2005 Landscape Architecture Ned Kahn Kathryn Gustafson, Peter Walker and Partners [2]
2005 Fashion Design Toledo Studio Maria Cornejo, Project Alabama [2]
2005 Product Design Burt Rutan Boym Partners, Bill Stumpf [2]
2005 Design Patron Richard M. Daley, Mayor of Chicago [2]
2005 Design Mind Katherine McCoy and Michael McCoy [2]
2005 Interior Design Richard Gluckman Michael Gabellini, Hugh Hardy [2]
2005 Special Jury Commendation Sergio Palleroni [2]
2006 Lifetime Achievement Paolo Soleri [3]
2006 Corporate Achievement Nike, Inc. [3]
2006 Architecture Design Thom Mayne Stanley Saitowitz, Bernard Tschumi [3]
2006 Communications Design 2x4 Jake Barton, Chip Kidd [3]
2006 Landscape Architecture Martha Schwartz Andrea Cochran, Ken Smith [3]
2006 Fashion Design Maria Cornejo Thom Browne, Peter Som [3]
2006 Product Design Bill Stumpf Antenna Design, Jonathan Ive [3]
2006 Design Patron Craig Robins n/a [3]
2006 People's Choice The Katrina Cottage by Marianne Cusato n/a [3]
2006 Design Mind Paola Antonelli n/a [3]
2006 Interior Design Michael Gabellini Annabelle Selldorf, Tsao and McKown Architects [3]
2006 Special Jury Commendation Syd Mead n/a [3]
2007 Lifetime Achievement Antoine Predock [4][5]
2007 Corporate Achievement Adobe Systems [4]
2007 Architecture Design Office dA - Monica Ponce de Leon / Nader Tehrani [4]
2007 Communications Design Chip Kidd [4]
2007 Landscape Architecture PWP Landscape Architecture [4]
2007 Fashion Design Rick Owens [4]
2007 Product Design Jonathan Ive [4]
2007 Design Patron Maharam [4]
2007 People's Choice TOMS Shoes by Blake Mycoskie [4]
2007 Design Mind Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi [4]
2007 Interior Design Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis [4]
2007 Special Jury Commendation Frank Ching [4]
2008 Lifetime Achievement Charles Harrison [6]
2008 Corporate Achievement Google, Inc. [6]
2008 Architecture Design Tom Kundig [6]
2008 Communications Design Scott Stowell [6]
2008 Landscape Architecture OLIN [6][7]
2008 Fashion Design Ralph Rucci [6]
2008 Product Design Antenna Design [6]
2008 Design Patron Architecture for Humanity [6]
2008 People's Choice Zon hearing aid by Stuart Karten Design [6]
2008 Design Mind Michael Bierut [6]
2008 Interior Design Rockwell Group [6]
2008 Design Commendation Janna Bullock [6]
2009 Lifetime Achievement Bill Moggridge [8][9]
2009 Corporate Achievement Walker Art Center [8]
2009 Architecture Design SHoP Architects [8]
2009 Communications Design The New York Times Graphics Department [8]
2009 Landscape Architecture Hood Design [8]
2009 Fashion Design Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein Collection [8]
2009 Product Design Boym Partners [8]
2009 Design Patron Reynold Levy [8]
2009 People's Choice Trek Lime Bike [8]
2009 Design Mind Amory B. Lovins [8]
2009 Interior Design Tsao & McKown Architects [8]
2009 Interaction design Perceptive Pixel, Inc. [8]
2010 Lifetime Achievement Jane Thompson [10]
2010 Corporate Achievement U.S. Green Building Council [10]
2010 Architecture Design KieranTimberlake [10]
2010 Communications Design Stephen Doyle [10]
2010 Landscape Architecture James Corner Field Operations [10]
2010 Fashion Design Rodarte [10]
2010 Product Design Smart Design [10]
2010 People's Choice The Braille Alphabet Bracelet by Leslie Ligon [10][11]
2010 Design Mind Ralph Caplan [10]
2010 Interior Design William Sofield [10]
2010 Interaction design Lisa Strausfeld [10]
2011 Lifetime Achievement Matthew Carter [12][13][14]
2011 Corporate Achievement Knoll [12]
2011 Architecture Design Architecture Research Office [12]
2011 Communications Design Rick Valicenti [12]
2011 Landscape Architecture Gustafson Guthrie Nichol [12]
2011 Fashion Design J. Mendel [12]
2011 Product Design Continuum [12]
2011 Design Mind Steven Heller [12]
2011 Interior Design Shelton, Mindel & Associates [12]
2011 Interaction design Ben Fry [12]
2012 Lifetime Achievement Richard Saul Wurman [15]
2012 Corporate Achievement Design that Matters [15]
2012 Architecture Design Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects [15]
2012 Communication Design Rebeca Méndez [15]
2012 Landscape Architecture Stoss Landscape Urbanism [15]
2012 Fashion Design Thom Browne [15]
2012 Product Design Scott Wilson [15]
2012 Design Mind Janine Benyus [15]
2012 Design Patron Red Burns [15]
2012 Interior Design Clive Wilkinson Architects [15]
2012 Interaction Design Evan Roth [15]
2013 Lifetime Achievement James Wines [16]
2013 Design Mind Michael Sorkin [16]
2013 Corporate & Institutional Achievement TED [16]
2013 Architecture Design Studio Gang Architects [16]
2013 Communication Design Paula Scher [16]
2013 Fashion Design Behnaz Sarafpour [16]
2013 Interaction Design Local Projects [16]
2013 Interior Design Aidlin Darling Design [16]
2013 Landscape Architecture Margie Ruddick [16]
2013 Product Design NewDealDesign [16]
2014 Lifetime Achievement Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar [17]
2014 Corporate Achievement Etsy [17]
2014 Architecture Design Brooks + Scarpa [17]
2014 Communication Design Office [17]
2014 Landscape Architecture Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture [17]
2014 Fashion Design Narciso Rodriguez [17]
2014 Product Design LUNAR [17]
2014 Design Mind Witold Rybczynski [17]
2014 Interior Design Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors [17]
2014 Interaction Design Aaron Koblin [17]
2015 Lifetime Achievement Michael Graves [18]
2015 Director's Award Jack Lenor Larsen [18]
2015 Design Mind Rosanne Haggerty [18]
2015 Corporate & Institutional Achievement Heath Ceramics [18]
2015 Architecture Design MOS Architectures [18]
2015 Communication Design Project Projects (Prem Krishnamurthy, Adam Michaels) [18]
2015 Fashion Design threeASFOUR [18]
2015 Interaction Design John Underkoffler [18]
2015 Landscape Architecture Coen + Partners [18]
2015 Interior Design Commune [18]
2015 Product Design Stephen Burks [18]
2016 Lifetime Achievement Moshe Safdie [19]
2016 Director's Award Make It Right [19]
2016 Design Mind Bruce Mau [19]
2016 Corporate & Institutional Achievement The Center for Urban Pedagogy [19]
2016 Architecture Design Marlon Blackwell Architects [19]
2016 Communication Design Geoff McFetridge [19]
2016 Fashion Design Opening Ceremony [19]
2016 Interaction Design Tellart [19]
2016 Landscape Architecture Hargreaves Associates [19]
2016 Interior Design Studio O+A [19]
2016 Product Design Ammunition [19]
2017 Lifetime Achievement Hartmut Esslinger [20]
2017 Director's Award Susan S. Szenasy [20]
2017 Design Mind Craig L. Wilkins [20]
2017 Corporate & Institutional Achievement Design Trust for Public Space [20]
2017 Architecture Design MASS Design Group [20]
2017 Communication Design Jennifer Morla [20]
2017 Fashion Design Slow and Steady Wins the Race [20]
2017 Interaction Design Stamen Design [20]
2017 Landscape Architecture Surfacedesign [20]
2017 Interior Design Deborah Berke Partners [20]
2017 Product Design Joe Doucet [20]
2018 Lifetime Achievement Gail Anderson [21]
2018 Director's Award Darren Walker [21]
2018 Design Mind Anne Whiston Spirn [21]
2018 Corporate & Institutional Achievement Design for America [21]
2018 Architecture Design WEISS/MANFREDI [21]
2018 Communication Design Civilization (Design) [21]
2018 Fashion Design Christina Kim [21]
2018 Interaction Design Neri Oxman [21]
2018 Interior Design Oppenheim Architecture + Design [21]
2018 Landscape Architecture Mikyoung Kim Design [21]
2018 Product Design Blu Dot [21]
2019 Lifetime Achievement Susan Kare [22]
2019 Design Mind Patricia Moore [22]
2019 Corporate & Institutional Achievement MIT D-Lab [22]
2019 Architecture Design Thomas Phifer [22]
2019 Communication Design Tobias Frere-Jones [22]
2019 Fashion Design Derek Lam [22]
2019 Interaction Design Ivan Poupyrev [22]
2019 Interior Design IwamotoScott Architecture [22]
2019 Landscape Architecture SCAPE Landscape Architecture [22]
2019 Product Design Tinker Hatfield [22]
2019 Emerging Designer Open Style Lab [22]

External links[edit]


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