The Oscars of the design world has announced its winners

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Published:  May 11, 2016
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The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has announced the winners of the 2016 National Design Award, giving recognition to the best of the best in interaction design, product design, landscape architecture, communication design, and more.

This year’s winners include product design studio Ammunition, known for designing Beats by Dre; Israeli-born architect Moshe Safdie; and Brad Pitt’s Make It Right foundation, a nonprofit that builds homes for communities in need.

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Here’s the full list of the winners:

Moshe Safdie. Photo: Stephen Kelly

Moshe Safdie. Photo: Stephen Kelly

Lifetime Achievement: Moshe Safdie

Isreal-born architect Moshe Safdie is no stranger to the architectural scene since his very first built project Habitat ’67 in Montréal, Canada – a high density housing experiement. Currently based in Massachusetts firm Safdie’s recent projects include Mamilla Centre in Jerusalem, Israel; Marina Bay Sands in Singapore; Khalsa Heritage Centre in Punjab, India; and the United States Institute of Peace headquarters in Washington, DC. Safdie has been recognised widely for his enduring influence on the built environment and inspires many on the application of ideas about mixed use housing in high density cities around the world.

Beats by Dr. Dre, a line of high-performance headphones and speaker systems in partnership with hip-hop artist and producer Dr. Dre and Chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records Jimmy Lovine (2008–present). Project partner: Beats by Dr. Dre. Photo: Beats by Dr. Dre

Beats by Dr. Dre, a line of high-performance headphones and speaker systems in partnership with hip-hop artist and producer Dr. Dre and Chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records Jimmy Lovine (2008–present). Project partner: Beats by Dr. Dre. Photo: Beats by Dr. Dre

 

Product Design: Ammunition

Led by partners Robert Brunner, Matt Rolandson, and Brett Wickens and the minds behind Beats by Dr. Dre, June Intelligent Oven, Lyft Glowstache and Polaroid Cube, Ammunition is a studio with expertise in physical and digital product design, service design, brand identity, user experience, graphic design, and packaging.

Exterior of Make It Right’s first home, a 1,780-square-foot duplex with LEED Platinum certification (New Orleans, Louisiana, 2012). Architects: Frank Gehry and Gehry Partners. Photo: Chad Chenier

Exterior of Make It Right’s first home, a 1,780-square-foot duplex with LEED Platinum certification (New Orleans, Louisiana, 2012). Architects: Frank Gehry and Gehry Partners. Photo: Chad Chenier

Director’s Award: Make It Right

Brad Pitt launched his nonprofit organisation, Make It Right, in 2007. The organisation began as an effort to rebuild safe and sustainable homes in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina and had enlisted architects such as Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne, and David Adjaye to help design climate-adapted, eco-friendly homes for the most devastated parts of the city. In addition, Make It Right has projects in New Jersey for disabled veterans and in Montana on the Fort Peck reservation, partnering with Native American tribes to build homes.

Bruce Mau. Photo: Dave Gillespie

Bruce Mau. Photo: Dave Gillespie

Design Mind: Bruce Mau

Bruce Mau, creative director of Bruce Mau Design until 2010 and founder of the Massive Change Network, has helped build the foundation for the new discipline of enterprise design and spread design thinking to businesses around the world. Over the years, Mau has worked on projects with Coca-Cola Company, McDonald’s, Herman Miller, Walt Disney Imagineering, and Freeman; the governments of Denmark, Guatemala, Panama, and Saudi Arabia and more.

Sewer in a Suitcase, a workshop tool and working model of New York City’s combined sewer system that demystifies the hidden workings of the city’s water infrastructure by following the journey water takes beyond the drain and allowing participants to explore what this mean for their health and environment (New York, New York, 2010). Project partners: Chris Specce, Rachel Gottlieb, Damien Correll, and Kate Zidar. Photo: The Center for Urban Pedagogy

Sewer in a Suitcase, a workshop tool and working model of New York City’s combined sewer system that demystifies the hidden workings of the city’s water infrastructure by following the journey water takes beyond the drain and allowing participants to explore what this mean for their health and environment (New York, New York, 2010). Project partners: Chris Specce, Rachel Gottlieb, Damien Correll, and Kate Zidar. Photo: The Center for Urban Pedagogy

Corporate & Institutional Achievement: The Center for Urban Pedagogy
New York-based nonprofit organisation, Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), was founded in 2001 to promote the power of design and art to increase civic engagement and social justice. Some of its recent projects include a series of workshops in South Williamsburg to teach and help low income renters about housing rights and an educational program about the city’s waste systems.

Fayetteville Montessori School, including Montessori Elementary and Montessori Primary (Fayetteville, Arkansas, Elementary: 2012, Primary: 2015). Photo: Timothy Hursley

Fayetteville Montessori School, including Montessori Elementary and Montessori Primary (Fayetteville, Arkansas, Elementary: 2012, Primary: 2015). Photo: Timothy Hursley

Architecture Design: Marlon Blackwell Architects
Marlon Blackwell is one of the most respected regional modernist architects and a professor at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas. Named as one of DesignIntelligence magazine’s “30 Most Admired Educators” for 2015, Blackwell’s distinguished style combines vernacular traditions with rigorous formalism to create buildings that responds to the physical and climatic conditions of a place.

Her operating system logo and visual elements in the film, including interfaces for all computers, monitors, and handheld devices (2015). Photo: Courtesy of Geoff McFetridge

Her operating system logo and visual elements in the film, including interfaces for all computers, monitors, and handheld devices (2015). Photo: Courtesy of Geoff McFetridge

Communication Design: Geoff McFetridge
Geoff McFetridge, a graphic designer and artist based in Los Angeles, California, has created works for international brands, Hollywood films such as Her, and local bike shops that have a uniquely human touch through his design studio , Champion Graphics.

Carol Lim and Humberto Leon. Photo: Sebastian Kim

Carol Lim and Humberto Leon. Photo: Sebastian Kim

Opening Ceremony & Rene Magritte campaign (New York, New York, 2014). Photo: Philippe Jarrigeon

Opening Ceremony & Rene Magritte campaign (New York, New York, 2014). Photo: Philippe Jarrigeon

Fashion Design: Opening Ceremony
Founded in 2002 by Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, Opening Ceremony has grown to encompass ready-to-wear apparels, accessories, and footwear collections for men and women, retail outlets in New York, Los Angeles, Nagoya, and Tokyo, a wholesale showroom in New York, and a comprehensive online platform at openingceremony.us. Opening Ceremony is also well known in the circuit for its Opening Ceremony has also become known for its innovative fashion shows, nightlife events, and collaborations.

Chrome Web Lab, the first museum exhibition dedicated to serving online visitors as fully as in-person visitors, where each robotic experiment allowed visitors to collaborate with visitors online in the making of original creations, which were kept in the form of digital takeaways (London, United Kingdom, 2012–2013). Project partners: Google Creative Lab, BReel, Universal Design Studio/MAP, Karsten Schmidt, Biblioteque, and Fraser Randall. Photo: Andrew Meredith

Chrome Web Lab, the first museum exhibition dedicated to serving online visitors as fully as in-person visitors, where each robotic experiment allowed visitors to collaborate with visitors online in the making of original creations, which were kept in the form of digital takeaways (London, United Kingdom, 2012–2013). Project partners: Google Creative Lab, BReel, Universal Design Studio/MAP, Karsten Schmidt, Biblioteque, and Fraser Randall. Photo: Andrew Meredith

Interaction Design: Tellart
Tellart, an international design studio that creates interactive objects, immersive spaces, and digital experiences for brands, museums, and multinational companies, was founded in 2000 by Matt Cottam and Nick Scappaticci. Tellart is the mastermind behind the Google Chrome Web Lab—an installation about the Internet’s inner workings—and the Museum of the Future in Dubai and continues to work on projects that marries the digital and physical. 

Livefyre offices, featuring wide common areas, meeting rooms with transparent walls and ample light, and a wall streaming a live feed of real-time postings, embodying the now orientation of the technology company’s services (San Francisco, California, 2014). Photo: Jasper Sanidad

Livefyre offices, featuring wide common areas, meeting rooms with transparent walls and ample light, and a wall streaming a live feed of real-time postings, embodying the now orientation of the technology company’s services (San Francisco, California, 2014). Photo: Jasper Sanidad

Interior Design: Studio O+A
Capturing the spirit and culture of the client in the built environment and turning that spirit into a story has been Studio O+A’s mission for 25 years. Some of its clients include the most dynamic global companies, including Facebook, Uber, Cisco Systems, and Yelp.

Crissy Field, designed to encompass the restoration and reinterpretation of the historic air field, natural landscape of wetlands, dune fields, and beach along the San Francisco Bay waterfront (San Francisco, California, 2001). Client: Golden Gate National Parks Association. Photo: Robert Campbell

Crissy Field, designed to encompass the restoration and reinterpretation of the historic air field, natural landscape of wetlands, dune fields, and beach along the San Francisco Bay waterfront (San Francisco, California, 2001). Client: Golden Gate National Parks Association. Photo: Robert Campbell

Landscape Architecture: Hargreaves Associates
Renowned for transforming neglected urban sites, waterfronts, and campuses into memorable places, Hargreaves Associates has been at the forefront of landscape architecture for over 30 years. Its projects range from large scale and environmentally complex like that of the 274-acre parklands for London’s 2012 Olympics to place-making projects such as the University of Cincinnati’s campus and even to small plazas and gardens.


See here for more information on the National Design Awards 2016.

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