at the Hirshhorn


Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, serving as both a museum and culture center with galleries, classrooms, a library, a lecture hall, and curatorial and administrative offices. Bentonville, Arkansas, completed 2011. Photo: Timothy Hursley ©

2016 DESIGN AWARD for Lifetime Achievement: Moshe Safdie

Moshe Safdie is the 2016 winner of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum's National Design Award, for Lifetime Achievement. Safdie is a leading architect, urban planner, educator, theorist and author, who explores the essential principles of socially responsible design with a distinct visual language. Beginning with his architectural thesis at McGill University in 1964 and his first built project, the seminal Habitat ’67 in Montréal, Safdie’s catalog of work and contributions to the dialogue on sustainable urbanism are unsurpassed in contemporary practice. With his Somerville, Mass.-based firm, Safdie Architects, Safdie’s recent projects include Mamilla Center in Jerusalem; Marina Bay Sands in Singapore; Khalsa Heritage Centre in Punjab, India; and the United States Institute of Peace headquarters in Washington, D.C. Safdie has been recognized widely for his enduring influence on the built environment and was recently awarded the 2015 AIA Gold Medal. He continues to inspire the theory and application of ideas about mixed-use and high-density housing in cities around the world.

United States Institute of Peace headquarters, designed to support the critical mission of international conflict management. Washington, DC, 2011. Photo: Timothy Hursley ©

Khalsa Heritage Centre, a museum celebrating 500 years of Sikh history and the 300th anniversary of Khalsa, the scriptures written by Gobind Singh, founder of the modern Sikh faith. Anandpur Sahib, Punjab, India, completed 2011. Photo: Ram Rahman. ©

Moshe Safdie

Photo: Stephen Kelly ©


Habitat ’67, an urban housing experiment built for the World Exposition in Montreal, including 158 residences from 354 prefabricated factory units. Montreal, Canada, 1967. Photo: Timothy Hursley ©





Beats by Dr. Dre, a line of high-performance headphones and speaker systems in partnership with hip-hop artist and producer Dr. Dre and Chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records Jimmy Lovine (2008–present). Project partner: Beats by Dr. Dre. Photo: Beats by Dr. Dre ©

With a name like Ammunition, is it any wonder this group has carved out their own upward trajectory! The studio is dedicated to putting design talent at the center of imagining, creating and operating new product and service ventures. Founded in 2007 and based in San Francisco, and Brooklyn, N.Y., the studio is led by partners Robert Brunner, Matt Rolandson and Brett Wickens.

Ammunition places entrepreneurs in close contact with a 60-person
team of designers with expertise in physical and digital product design, service design, brand identity, user experience, graphic design and packaging. Noteworthy projects include Beats by Dr. Dre, June Intelligent Oven, Lyft Glowstache, Polaroid Cube, Square Stand and UNICEF’s Kid Power Band.



Robert Brunner, Brett Wickens, and Matt Rolandson. Photo: Ammunition ©

.......UNICEF Kid Power Band, a durable, child-friendly wearable-for-good fitness band (2015). .......Project partner: U.S. Fund for UNICEF. All Photos: Ammunition © (right) Obi Worldphone .......SF1, beautiful and high-quality smartphones for consumers in rising markets around the... (2015). Project partner: Obi Worldphone.

Obi Worldphone SF1, beautiful and high-quality smartphones for consumers in rising markets around the world (2015). Project partner: Obi Worldphone.











Nascent Objects, a new modular consumer electronics platform that lets creators take their ideas from concept to finished, market-ready products in a matter of days by combining CAD tools, 3-D printing of plastics and circuitry, and a library of electronic component modules (2016). Project partner: Nascent Objects.







DESIGN Award Winners