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:
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.
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.
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.