National Design Awards Recognize SHoP, Steven Holl, & More

The twelve finalists of the National Design Awards by Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum were announced last week.

When this year’s finalists of the National Design Awards by Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum were announced last week at the White House, we were thrilled to learn that two of our nominations made it to that prestigious list. In the running are the two New York firms Metropolis nominated: SHoP, the architecture firm that recently completed the Rector Street Pedestrian Bridge at Ground Zero (see “Bridge Over Troubled Ground” in the July 2002 issue of Metropolis) and designer Ayse Birsel who was our cover story in November 1999, the first redesigned issued of Metropolis.

The Cooper-Hewitt also announced several winners, including the Whirlpool Corporation (for Corporate Achievement), Landscape Architect Dan Kiley (for Lifetime Achievement) and fashion designer Geoffrey Beene (for the American Original award).

The twelve finalists competing for four National Design Awards this year include: Steven Holl, Rick Joy, and SHoP/Sharples Holden Pasquarelli (for architecture); Pablo Ferro, Maira Kalman, and Lucille Tenazas (for communications); James Carpenter, George Hargreaves, and Anne Whiston Spirn (for environment design); and Ayse Birsel, Blu Dot, Niels Diffrient (for product design). Winners of the awards will be announced at the Cooper Hewitt on October 22 and will be posted on our web site.

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