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D.C.’s African American Museum wins 2017 Design of the Year award

The Smithsonian museum was named both overall winner and winner of the architecture category

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Ever since the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAC) opened in September 2016, it has made a big impact on the nation’s capital both in presence and in style. ArchDaily reports that this last part is especially true now that the museum was named both overall winner and winner of the architecture category for the Beazley Design of the Year award for 2017.

By winning these categories, the NMAAHC is further solidified as promoting or delivering change, enabling access, extending design practice, or capturing the spirit of the year, according to the award criteria set by the Design Museum in London. Other award categories included Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product, and Transport.

In a statement, jury member Ozwald Boateng OBE said, “We couldn’t look any further than the Smithsonian for the overall award. It is a project of beautiful design, massive cultural impact, delivers an emotional experience, and has a scale deserved of this major award.”

To see all of the other category winners, head to ArchDaily.

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History Wins 2017 Design of the Year [ArchDaily]

National Museum of African American History and Culture

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