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Richard Saul Wurman

2012 lifetime achievement award, national design awards

Richard Saul Wurman is the recipient of the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the The National Design Awards program. The Awards, first launched in 2000, are given each year by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to honor lasting achievement in American design. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given in recognition of a distinguished individual who has made a profound and long-term contribution to the contemporary practice of design. This describes Wurman perfectly: he has carved out a legendary career by seeking ways to make the complex clear and is the creator of term “information architecture.” Wurman has written, designed, and published more than eighty-three books on topics ranging from healthcare to atlases to the Olympics, and he created and chaired the TED, TEDMED, and EG conferences over many years. Also shown here are several of the other 2012 National Design Award winners, all of whom will be feted at an October 17 gala.


Janine Benyus

Design Mind

Biologist, innovation consultant and author Benyus cofounded Biomimicry Guild, the world’s first bio-inspired consultancy, bringing nature’s sustainable designs to more than 250 clients. She was Time’s International 2007 Hero of the Environment.


Rebeca Méndez

Communication Design

Rebeca Méndez is a professor in the Design Media Arts department at UCLA. Since 1996, she has run a mulitdisciplinary studio focused on design for art and architecture clients, including Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne and Bill Viola.


Scott Wilson

Product Design

Scott Wilson is the principal designer of Chicago-based studio Minimal. A former design leader at Nike, Thomson Consumer Electronics, IDEO, Fortune Brands and Motorola, he has created some of the world’s most recognized consumer design icons.


Evan Roth

Interaction Design

Evan Roth visualizes, records and subverts transient moments in public spaces, popular culture and on the internet. He takes inspiration from the free software movement and hacker ethos. Roth is cofounder of the Graffiti Research Lab and the open-source Free Art & Technology Lab.



Architectural Design

Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam

Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam have worked together in architecture for more than 40 years. Founded in 1984, their Atlanta-based firm, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, has won international acclaim.

Interior Design

Clive Wilkinson Architects

This distinguished architecture and design practice based in Los Angeles collaborates with clients to design and build creative communities. Clients include Google, Nokia, 20th Century Fox and Disney.

Landscape Architecture

Stoss Landscape Urbanism

This Boston-based collaborative design and planning studio operates at the juncture of landscape architecture, urban design and planning. Founding principal is Chris Reed; Scott Bishop joined as associate principal in 2005.


Ignacio Oreamuno


ADC President Benjamin Palmer announces that Ignacio Oreamuno, President and Founder of Ihaveanidea, has joined the Club as Executive Director. Ihaveanidea is an online community of the international advertising industry, with the ambitious goal of shaping the future of the business “through an intellectual archive that provokes creative professionals to think or act.” It has also spawned the globe-trotting Portfolio Night and the Tomorrow Awards, which honors technologically innovative advertising. Says Palmer, who in civilian life is CEO of the Barbarian Group: “We look at this as an alliance of sorts – while Ignacio is our youngest director ever, he's been incredibly busy in the last decade, The properties he brings to the table will be crucial to the club in promoting our mission to a global audience.” Comments Oreamuno: “The Art Directors Club has been a critical meeting point and centerpiece of our industry for over 90 years. Everything I have built in my career has had one goal: to dramatically change, for the better, the industry I love so much. Being at the helm of ADC will give me the resources I need to make a major positive impact on our industry.” Longtime ADC employee Olga Grisaitis has been running the club since 2009 and is expected to remain as Director of Operations, reporting to Oreamuno.


Debra Camarota and Jay Highland

Creative Directors, FITCH, COLUMBUS OH

FITCH adds to its core creative leadership team with two appointments. Debra Camarota joins the firm as Creative Director, Visual Merchandising. She has more than two decades of experience directing creative teams, forecasting retail trends and developing retail and visual merchandising strategies for some of the biggest brands in the country. Previously Senior Vice President of Brand Creative at The Limited, she also has held executive positions with GAP, Estée Lauder, and Aveda Corporation. The appointment, says the firm, reflects “aggressive growth plans of its US-based apparel business.” Jay Highland joins FITCH as Creative Director. Jay’s career spans more than fifteen years of leading creative teams; in that time he has worked with a wide range of retail and restaurant brands, including Mattel, T.J. Maxx, Martha Stewart, Lowe’s, Kohl’s, PETCO, Levi Strauss, C&A Brazil, Dunkin’ Donuts, American Greetings, and Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts. “Deb and Jay have the invigorating and infectious passion for design that FITCH is known for,” says Christian Davies, FITCH’s Executive Creative Director, Americas. Camarota and Highland join Davies and Eric Daniel “as the core of FITCH’s US creative leadership.” Daniel was recently promoted to Creative Director, North America, in recognition of his role across the firm’s American studios.


Josh Mintz

Creative Director, BuSTERINK, LOS ANGELES ca

Buster, a motion graphics design studio, and its print design unit BusterINK, add Josh Mintz as Creative Director. Mintz’ multi-disciplinary approach to branding comes from a lifelong obsession with fine art, music and design. He got his early start through traditional printmaking and screen-printing as a student. Mintz then attended RISD, where he studied filmmaking, and UC San Diego, where he was influential in creating the “Computing in the Arts” major. He then moved to LA as Creative Director of a music/lifestyle magazine. Years later, Mintz designed a series of screen-printed political posters featured at Shepard Fairey’s art gallery that caught the eye of Crew Creative, which gave Mintz his break into entertainment marketing as Senior Art Director. Beyond Crew, he has worked for bpg as well as And Company. Mintz is also the singer/songwriter of the rock band Friend Slash Lover.


Energy BBDO, Chicago IL adds Tim Pontarelli as SVP, Group Creative Director. His focus: guiding the development of integrated marketing for Energy BBDO’s portfolio of Frito-Lay business. Pontarelli spent the past 20 years at Leo Burnett; during his tenure there, his clients included United Airlines, Kellogg’s, Miller Lite, Heinz and McDonald’s, among others.

Brandon Geary, former head of strategy and member of the Razorfish executive team, joins Blast Radius as SVP Strategy to lead their North America practice. Blast Radius’ clients include Starbucks, Nike, Bacardi and Levi’s, and Geary will work with teams in offices in New York, Seattle, Portland, Vancouver and Toronto. Geary has over 15 years of experience in advertising, starting with roles at McCann. He moved to Razorfish in 2005 as VP-Account Planning, working on clients including Nike, Best Buy and MillerCoors. Blast Radius is part of the Wunderman Network and WPP.