16 August, 2017

Now in its 10th year, the Beazley Designs of the Year is the Design Museum’s flagship exhibition and awards, recognising the most stimulating new work from around the world across six design categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport.


The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington D.C is in contention for the Architecture prize. Winners will be announced in January 2018.


The NMAAHC was inaugurated by President Obama in September 2016 on the last available plot of land the National Mall and is a long-awaited symbol for the African American contribution to the nation’s history and identity. As a Lead Designer for the Freelon Adjaye Bond / SmithGroup (FAB/S), Sir David Adjaye’s approach has been to establish both a meaningful relationship to this unique site as well as a strong conceptual resonance with America’s longstanding African heritage. The design rests on three cornerstones: the corona shape of the building; the extension into the landscape and the bronze coloured filigree envelope, inspired by ironwork made by African American artisans in southern cities.


Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition will open on 18 October 2017 and run until 28 January 2018.

The winners will be announced at the Beazley Designs of the Year awards evening in January 2018.

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