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PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

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Design Futures Council Recognition Programs


Design Futures Council celebrates achievement throughout all the stages of a career, from the curiosity ignited in education to the reverence at the zenith of a career well spent, from the groundbreaking innovations of leaders beginning their careers to the consistent commitment to the improvement of the design industries from senior fellows and lifetime achievers.

Senior Fellows and Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are honored at DFC’s Business of Design conference. Emerging Leaders are honored at DFC’s Sustainable Design or Business of Design conference.

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION PROGRAMS

Lifetime Achievement Award

Lifelong leaders who have practiced architecture continuously for a minimum of 40 years are recognized for the positive impact of their life and work on the professions within the built environment industry, including but not limited to architecture, construction, development, and engineering. These industry titans are nominated by the DFC Board.


Previous Lifetime Achievement Recipients include:



Marianne McKenna
2022
Gary Wheeler
CEO, American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
Marianne McKenna
2021
Marianne McKenna
Founding Partner, KPMB Architects
Edward Mazria
2020
Edward Mazria
Founder, Architecture 2030
Adrian Smith
2019
Adrian Smith
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architects
Moshe Safdie
2018
Moshe Safdie
Safdie Architects
Robert A. M. Stern
2017
Robert A. M. Stern
Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Lord Norman Foster
2016
Lord Norman Foster
Foster + Partners
Author Gensler
2016
Arthur Gensler
Gensler
Gene Kohn
2015
Gene Kohn
Kohn Pedersen Fox

Senior Fellow Program

Experienced professionals with a minimum of 20 consistent years in practice are recognized for providing noteworthy leadership in the advancement of architecture, interior design, business, technology, construction, engineering, urban design and planning, and much more. These revered design experts are nominated by previous recipients and DFC members.

SEE SENIOR FELLOWS


Exceptional Educator Program

Innovative educators are recognized for their contributions to the future of the architecture, interior design, engineering, construction, urban planning, and design industries through their commitment to the success of their students and institutions. These inspiring educators are nominated by previous recipients and DFC members.

PAST RECIPIENTS


Emerging Leaders Program

Young professionals within the first 10 years of professional practice are recognized for their leadership and contributions to designing a more sustainable future through architecture, UX/UI design, urban design, graphic design, engineering, and many other built environment disciplines. These rising stars are nominated by previous recipients and DFC members.

PAST RECIPIENTS