Smithsonian Institution Secretary G. Wayne Clough, CE 63, MS CE 65, along with Michelle Obama, honored the winners of the 2012 National Design Awards last week at White House a luncheon hosted by the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.
The annual National Design Awards honor top innovators for their use of design to serve humanity and focus on education and promotion of design in public life.
Two Tech alumni were among the honorees: Mack Scogin, Arch 67, and Merrill Elam, Arch 71, a husband-and-wife team of architects based in Atlanta, were recognized for their “diverse body of work … uniquely characterized by profound rigor tempered by childlike innocence.” Other award winners represented disciplines from landscape architecture to interior design.
Clough served as president of the Institute from 1994 to 2008 and is the namesake of the Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, which opened on campus last summer.
To view the first lady and Clough’s remarks to the National Design Awards honorees, click below: