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National Design Awards in Detroit

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Join Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum for a lively conversation among winners and jurors of the 2021 National Design Awards, which recognize innovation and impact and the power of design to change the world.

The discussion will look at contemporary challenges and opportunities in design, including equity and climate change, as well as the role of collaboration as part of the design process, particularly with local communities.

The winners of the 2021 National Design Awards will be announced in late summer.


This free program will feature a moderated panel discussion followed by an audience Q&A hosted through Zoom, with the option to dial in as well. Details will be emailed to you upon registration. This program includes closed captioning.

For general questions or if we can provide additional accessibility services or accommodations to support your participation, please email us at or let us know when registering. This program is being held as part of Cooper Hewitt’s NDA Cities program, connecting National Design Award winners with communities around the country. Find out about additional virtual education programs in Detroit:

Special Thanks NDA Cities is made possible with generous support from The Hirsch Family Foundation.

2:00pm - 3:30pm