The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has announced the winners of the 2009 National Design Awards, which recognize excellence across a variety of disciplines.

The winner of the 2009 Design Mind Award, recognizing a visionary who has effected a paradigm shift in design thinking or practice, is physicist Amory B. Lovins, co-founder of the independent, nonprofit, think-and-do-tank Rocky Mountain Institute. Lovins is also an integrative design innovator, energy authority, and co-author of Natural Capitalism (Little, Brown; $17.95).

The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis is the winner of the award for Corporate and Institutional Achievement, which recognizes a corporation that uses design as a strategic tool of its mission and helps advance the relationship between design and quality of life. The Walker is committed to a multitude of design disciplines and engages and informs the general public on the value of design. Dwell magazine and Heath Ceramics were finalists for this award.

SHoP Architects, New York City, won the Architecture Design Award, which recognizes exceptional and exemplary work in commercial, public, or residential architecture. The 60-person practice has led the way in translating intricate theoretical design into comprehensible construction models and has extended the architect's role into other realms, such as software design, branding, real estate development, and development of sustainable technologies. Finalists for this award were Architecture Research Office of New York City and Michael Maltzan Architecture of Los Angeles, Calif.

TsAO & McKOWN Architects, New York City, is the winner of the Interior Design Award, which recognizes exceptional and exemplary work in domestic, corporate, cultural, or interior design. The firm's seamless integration of interiors with outdoors demonstrates the benefits of conceiving building design and interior design as a whole, rather than as separate entities. Ali Tayar's Parellel Design of New York City and WORKac of New York City were finalists for this award.

The winner of the Landscape Design Award, recognizing exceptional and exemplary work in urban planning or park and garden design, is HOOD Design of Oakland, Calif. Committed to reconstructing urban landscapes, the firm takes a multidimensional design approach that yields people- and place-specific landscapes. Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture of San Francisco and Rios Clementi Hale Studios of Los Angeles were finalists for this award.

A group of previous National Design Award winners comprised the jury for this year's awards program, including John Maeda, president of Rhode Island School of Design; Stephen Frykholm, vice president and creative director, Herman Miller; Michael Maharam, principal, Maharam; Marissa Mayer, vice president of search products and user experience, Google; Sigi Moeslinger, partner, Antenna Design; Monica Ponce de Leon, dean of Architecture and Urban Planning of the Taubman College at the University of Michigan and principal, Office dA; Ralph Rucci, principal, Chado Ralph Rucci; Margaret Gould Stewart, user experience manager, YouTube; Marc Tsurumaki, principal and co-founder, Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis; and Michael Van Valkenburgh, principal, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.

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