The 2014 National Design Awards have been announced. Now in their 14th year, the awards are divided into ten categories that honor lasting achievement in American design. They began as part of a project of the White House Millennium Counsel, and are now widely recognized as one of the highest achievements in the design field.
The awards were conceived by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in order to recognize designers and companies whose work brings “excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life.” The annual awards reach beyond the usual scope of trophy and prestige by incorporating educational programs, public programs, and design events into extended cross-country efforts. The awards also are made accessible to a larger audience through a public voting system for the People’s Design Award, which will be announced live at a New York Gala in October.
This year, Los Angeles–based architecture firm Brooks + Scarpa took home the Architecture Design award for “marrying an innovative aesthetic with leadership.” The firm’s body of work includes energy-efficient affordable housing in Rosa Gardens, California, and a camouflaged garage set in Pittsburgh. The Landscape Architecture award went to Andrea Chochran Landscape Architecture, a firm with a focus on sustainability efforts and a strong sense of detail. Walking away with the Design Mind award is architect Witold Rybczynski, a University of Pennsylvania architecture professor whose writing on architecture, urbanism, and design earned him the prestigious honor.
Read the full list of winners and their categories below:
Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar
Corporate & Institutional Achievement
Brooks + Scarpa
Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors
Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture