? The Cosanti Foundation is pleased to announce that its president and founder Dr. Paolo Soleri will receive the 2006 National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement from Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

First launched at the White House in 2000, the annual Awards program celebrates design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given in recognition of an individual who has made a profound, long-term contribution to contemporary design practice.

The recipients of the 2006 National Design Awards were announced on June 5. by Cooper-Hewitt director Paul Warwick Thompson. “Cooper-Hewitt is delighted to once again recognize, through the National Design Awards, some of the greatest contributions to the world of design made in recent years.” Thompson said.

Paolo Soleri has been invited to the White House on July 10, where he will meet first lady Laura Bush, who is the Honorary Patron for this year’s National Design Awards. The formal award ceremony will be at the National Design Museum in New York on October 18. 2006.

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