Cooper Hewitt Honors National Design Award Winners at Gala

Deborah Berke, MASS Design Group, and Metropolis’s own Susan Szenasy took home awards at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards Ceremony.

Cooper Hewitt 2017 Design Awards Ceremony
Courtesy Cooper Hewitt

Last night at a ceremony at Andrew Carnegie’s Georgian style mansion, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum awarded its 18th annual National Design Awards to eleven individuals and firms who are advancing the field of design.

Notably, Metropolis’s own Susan Szenasy, the magazine’s director of design innovation, received the Director’s Award for creating what the museum called, “an unparalleled confluence of advocacy and ethics in positioning architecture and design as humanistic activities in contemporary culture.”

“Susan has dedicated her career to sharing the power of design,” said the Cooper Hewitt’s director, Caroline Baumann. “Through her incisive and persuasive criticism and writing, Susan raised awareness and championed just about every significant social development in the field.”

Attendees included Chelsea Clinton, David Rockwell, Michael Ian Black, and John Edelman.

The eleven honorees were:

  • Hartmut Esslinger, Lifetime Achievement
  • Susan S. Szenasy, Director’s
  • Craig L. Wilkins, Design Mind
  • Design Trust for Public Space, Corporate & Institutional Achievement
  • MASS Design Group, Architecture Design
  • Jennifer Morla, Communication Design
  • Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Fashion Design
  • Stamen Design, Interaction Design
  • Deborah Berke Partners, Interior Design
  • Surfacedesign, Landscape Architecture
  • Joe Doucet, Product Design

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