Acting director Caroline Baumann of The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has announced the winners of the 2013 National Design Awards
. The 14th annual Awards program continues the practice of acknowledging excellence and innovation across an array of disciplines. This year’s winners will be recognized during a gala dinner on Thursday, October 17 at New York’s Pier 60 in conjunction with National Design Week, where they will be presented with trophies created by The Corning Museum of Glass
This year’s Lifetime Achievement
award recipient is James Wines
, founder and president of New York-based architectural studio SITE, who addresses context and environmental issues in his designs. Another big winner is Michael Sorkin
, who claims the Design Mind
prize for his work in urbanism and green architecture.
—the nonprofit organization devoted to "Ideas Worth Spreading"—has been selected for the Corporate and Institutional Achievement
prize. For its site-specific projects that act as responses to contemporary issues, Studio Gang Architects
-principal Jeanne Gang
wins the Architecture Design
principal Paula Scher
takes the stage as the Communication Design
award recipient. Bloomberg, Citibank, and MoMA are just a few on her impressive list of clients. Fashion Design
winner Behnaz Sarafpour
implements organically produced pieces in her high-fashion and affordably-priced collection. Media design firm Local Project
is the Interaction Design
award recipient and the Interior Design
award goes to Aidlin Darling Design
, who employs an environmental approach to urban landscape design, is the Landscape Architecture
category winner. The Product Design
award recipient is NewDealDesign
, a San Francisco-based multidisciplinary firm.
This year's jury includes Charles Adler, Gail Anderson, Gisue Hariri, Jon Kolko, Thom Mayne, Zoë Ryan, Christine Ten Eyck, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, and Gianfranco Zaccai.
The 2013 winners "have made a major impact in their respective fields through groundbreaking projects and visionary ideas," Baumann said in a statement. "They have truly transformed the way we live, think, work, and communicate with each other."