NDA Roundup (Part II): Politically Speaking

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It wouldn’t be an awards ceremony without some subtle political jabs, and last Thursday’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards gala didn’t disappoint. Richard Gluckman presented the NDA for architecture design to Monica Ponce de Leon and Nader Tehrani (pictured at right), the founding partners of Boston-based Office dA (whose Villa Moda we still can’t stop talking about). In accepting the award, Tehrani alluded to his July visit to the White House for an event that recognized the 2007 NDA winners. “You can’t imagine what a pleasure it is to have the front doors of the White House open to an Iranian and a Venezuelan,” he told the crowd.

Meanwhile, Peter Walker accepted the landscape design award on behalf of PWP Landscape Architecture. “We hope that this will renew and strengthen us after what has been a very difficult four years working on the World Trade Center Memorial,” said Walker, who added that the project (designed with Michael Arad) still has “significant design problems.” Walker went on to dedicate the award to the successful completion of the WTC Memorial.