The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has named the winners of the 2013 National Design Awards, which honor lasting achievement in American design. Honorees will receive their awards at a gala in New York City on October 17.
Lifetime Achievement: James Wines
The work of James Wines, founder and president of New York-based architecture firm SITE, encompasses buildings, public spaces, environmental art, landscapes, master plans, interiors, and product designs. A professor of architecture at Pennsylvania State University, Wines has designed more than 150 projects for private and municipal clients in 11 countries.
Architecture Design: Studio Gang Architects
Chicago’s Studio Gang Architects, led by Jeanne Gang, designs projects that resonate with their site and culture while addressing larger themes such as urbanization, climate, and sustainability. The firm’s projects include the Aqua Tower and the Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo.
Interior Design: Aidlin Darling Design
Joshua Aidlin and David Darling started Aidlin Darling Design around a woodshop in 1998. Their San Francisco studio acts as a creative, collaborative hub for builders, fabricators, artists, engineers, chefs, and others. The firm has won more than 40 awards in the last three years alone from the likes of the James Beard Foundation and the American Institute of Architects.
Design Mind: Michael Sorkin
Architect and urbanist Michael Sorkin’s work spans design, criticism, and teaching. He holds many roles: principal of Michael Sorkin Studio in New York, a global design practice focused on urbanism and green architecture; distinguished professor of architecture and director of the Graduate Urban Design program at the City College of New York; and president of the Institute for Urban Design. Sorkin is an architecture critic for The Nation and has written and edited numerous books.
Other honorees include:
Product Design: NewDealDesign
Interaction Design: Local Projects
Fashion Design: Behnaz Sarafpour
Communication Design: Paula Scher
Corporate & Institutional Achievement: TED
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