NEW YORK -- On Friday, May 13, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum hosts the High School Design Summit, an opportunity for teens to engage with some of the nation's most celebrated designers. National Design Award winners from 2016 and 2015 and guest designers will provide short mentoring sessions to more than 200 Washington, DC public high school students and offer advice on education and career paths. Before meeting with designers, who come from a variety of fields such as fashion, architecture, and product design, students will also participate in real-world design challenges to further their design thinking skills. The Summit takes place 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building(900 Jefferson Drive, SW, Washington, DC).
Participating 2016 National Design Award winners include: Greg Reaves, Safdie Architects (Moshe Safdie, Lifetime Achievement), Tom Darden, Make It Right (Director's Award), Bruce Mau, Massive Change Network (Design Mind), Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, Opening Ceremony (Fashion Design), Marlon Blackwell, Marlon Blackwell Architects (Architecture Design), Geoff McFetridge, Champion Studio (Communication Design), Mary Margaret Jones, Hargreaves Associates (Landscape Architecture), Christine Gasper, Center for Urban Pedagogy (Corporate and Institutional Achievement), Matt Cottam and Nick Scappaticci, Tellart (Interaction Design), Primo Orpilla, Verda Alexander, and Perry Stephney, Studio O+A (Interior Design), and Robert Brunner, Matt Rolandson, Brett Wickens, and Victoria Slaker, Ammunition (Product Design).
2015 National Design Award winners include: Matt Ligas and Donald Strum (Michael Graves Architecture, Lifetime Achievement), Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample, MOS Architects (Architecture Design), Sonya Patel, Project Projects (Communication Design), Gabriel Asfour, Angela Donhauser, and Adi Gil (threeASFOUR, Fashion Design), Eben Eliason (Oblong Industries, Interaction Design), Shane Coen (Coen + Partners, Landscape Architecture), and Stephen Burks (Stephen Burks Man Made, Product Design).
Other guest designers include: Lindsey Adelman (Lindsey Adelman Studio), Ashleigh Axios (former Creative Director, White House Office of Digital Strategy), Margie Ruddick (Margie Ruddick Landscape), Rodrigo Abela (Gustafson Guthrie Nichol), Emily Scott (Gustafson Guthrie Nichol), and Bisi Williams (Massive Change Network).