The Seattle firm received the award from Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.
SEATTLE – Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) has received Cooper-Hewitt’s 2011 National Design Award in Landscape Architecture.
Cooper-Hewitt Director Bill Moggridge announced the winners and finalists of the 2011National Design Awards on Thursday, May 26. This year, the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is celebrating its 12th year of outstanding achievement in design.
“We are grateful for this distinction and very proud of our team. We have been fortunate to collaborate with extremely professional and visionary clients who have had faith in our spatial and conceptual approach to landscape architecture,” said Shannon Nichol, one of the partners at GGN.
GGN’s current clients and upcoming projects include The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Campus, CityCenterDC, Nashville Centennial Park, Cleveland Medical Mart and Convention Center, the National Museum of African American History & Culture and several projects at the University of Washington.
Other finalists in the Landscape Architecture category for Cooper-Hewitt’s National Design Award were Tom Leader, principal of Tom Leader Studio, a collaborative design office based in Berkeley, Calif., with a focus on building communal places for real people, and Margie Ruddick, whose work integrates ecology and culture, infrastructure and art, as realized in benchmark projects such as the Shillim Institute and Retreat in India and the Living Water Park in China.
“As the nation’s design museum, Cooper-Hewitt raises awareness that design is everywhere,” said Bill Moggridge. “The work of this year’s National Design Awards winners represents extraordinary solutions to the design problems central to the landscape of daily life, from how we dress, shape our personal and private spaces, frame communication and interact with the world at large.”
The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award was first launched at the White House in 2000 as a project of the White House Millennium Council. The awards were established to promote excellence and innovation in design.