GSD Alumna receives 2014 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award

Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, based in San Francisco, has received the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for 2014. Founder, Andrea Cochran, received her MLA from the Graduate School of Design in 1979.

The National Design Awards were conceived by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum to honor lasting achievement in American design. The Awards are bestowed in recognition of excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life. First launched at the White House in 2000 as an official project of the White House Millennium Council, the annual Awards program celebrates design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seeks to increase national awareness of the impact of design through education initiatives.

Andrea Cochran’s firm tackles a wide range of project types and scales, from single family residences to hotels, wineries, affordable housing, schools, institutions, and public parks. Sustainability is central to the practice, and each project is instilled with a sense of intimacy and strong attention to detail. The firm’s work is internationally recognized and has earned numerous awards including seven Honor Awards and an Award of Excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects. In 2009, Princeton Architectural Press published the monograph Andrea Cochran: Landscapes.