Winners of the 17th Annual National Design Awards

Winners of the 17th Annual National Design Awards

Cooper Hewitt has announced the winners of the 2016 National Design Awards. The accolade recognizes excellence and innovation across a variety of disciplines in 11 categories.

This year's recipients are Moshe Safdie for Lifetime Achievement; Make It Right for Director's Award; Bruce Mau for Design Mind; Center for Urban Pedagogy for Corporate & Institutional Achievement; Marlon Blackwell Architects for Architecture Design; Geoff McFetridge for Communication Design; Opening Ceremony for Fashion Design; Tellart for Interaction Design; Studio O+A for Interior Design; Hargreaves Associates for Landscape Architecture; and Ammunition for Product Design.

"The National Design Awards are a vibrant component of Cooper Hewitt's education arm through which the museum engages year round with design lovers of all ages across the United States and throughout the world," Museum Director Caroline Baumann said. "This year's class of winners reflect design's remarkable empathy for contemporary social concerns: from promoting workplace productivity to preserving vernacular traditions to encouraging civic engagement. These designers and design firms cross disciplinary boundaries, explore innovative materials and develop new models of problem-solving in pursuit of these goals."

The winners will be honored at a gala during National Design Week, Oct. 15-23.