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Snøhetta wins Cooper Hewitt National Design Award 

Oct 02, 2020

On October 1, Snøhetta was honored as the recipient of the 2020 National Design Award for Architecture, bestowed by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Recognized at the annual gala, held virtually for the first time due to the pandemic, the trans-disciplinary studio was selected for the impact of their designs, particularly in the areas of social and environmental sustainability.  

“Snøhetta was established on the belief that we can go further if we go together, and we have a long way to go,” said Craig Dykers, founding partner. “In a year such as this one, where we’re facing many challenges in the field of design and in the world at large, we’re honored to receive the National Design Award and be recognized for our achievements in sustainability and socially-conscious design. With this award, we feel empowered to continue to push the envelope of what great design can do.” 

The National Design Awards were launched in 2000 as an official project of the White House Millennium Council, with the goal of increasing awareness and understanding of how design improves everyday life. Organized by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, the Awards are bestowed annually in recognition of design innovation and impact. Nominations are made by the general public, and winners are selected by a diverse jury of design leaders and educators. 

During October, Snøhetta will take part in several public events as part of National Design Month, including the Cooper Hewitt’s “Meet the Designers” Design Fair on October 13th, and leading a digital tour of their studio via Instagram Live on October 16th. 


Photo courtesy of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum 

Snøhetta wins Cooper Hewitt National Design Award