Awards and Accolades

Following is a partial list of awards, honors and recognition of ArtCenter students, staff, faculty and departments.

2020

  • Impact-Makers to Watch Award – Jennifer May, executive director, Designmatters, was selected as an Impact-Maker to Watch for 2020 in Los Angeles, an annual distinction for those who are doing foundational work to make a positive impact in Los Angeles and will continue to do so throughout the year, with significant results.
  • Communication Arts Award of Excellence – The Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography received an award of excellence for their exhibition, MIKE/SIERRA/TANGO; Professor Simon Johnston and Lavinia Lascaris, lead designers/curators. The exhibition highlights the role of typography in preserving diverse writing systems in a globally connected world.
  • Society of Camera Operators Lifetime Achievement Distinguished Service Award – Cinematographer and ArtCenter Film Professor Steven Poster, ASC, was honored for his distinguished service by the Society of Camera Operators.

Previous Years

2019

  • Spark Design Gold Award – The print and interior graphics as well as the spatial graphics for the social impact project Safe Niños - Healing Treasure received a Gold Spark Design Award. The Environmental Design students on the Designmatters project were Nikki Kentor, Hyejin Kim, Lily Lin, Kristie Poon and Veilinda Rusli. The faculty were Assistant Professor Stella Hernandez-Salazar, Associate Professor Dan Gottlieb and Associate Professor Penny Herscovitch.
  • Interior Architects Diversity in Design Scholarship – Environmental Design student Jieyi Li was awarded the first-place Interior Architects Diversity in Design Scholarship of $5,000 for her essay, Space + Experience + Collaboration, from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Foundation and Interior Architects (IA).
  • Graphic Design USA American Graphic Design Awards – Graphic Design student Eun Jung Bahng was recognized for Ta-Nehisi Coates book design and Graphic Design student Kexin Lin was recognized for the design and illustration of Blurring Boundaries.
  • Magna Global Bold Perspective Award – Transportation Designer Zehao “West” Zhang won the U.S. and overall top prizes for his autonomous vehicle for urban nomads concept in the Magna Bold Perspective competition presented at the Car Design News LA Forum during the LA Auto Show.
  • SDHacks 2019 ActivBody Challenge Awards – Led by Interaction Design and DesignMatters student Dillon Chi, ArtCenter student teams won two awards during SDHacks 2019, one of the largest hackathons in California.
  • Interior Design Best Museum Project of 2019 – Darin Johnstone Architects’ transformation of the 1980s office building at 1111 South Arroyo Parkway into ArtCenter classrooms, studios, offices and exhibition spaces including the Peter and Merle Mullin Gallery was named one of the Best Museum Projects of the year by Interior Design magazine.
  • Digimarc HP Dieline Connected Packaging Award – Graphic Design student Jisu Kim’s Arbora, a plant-a-tree connected packaging idea inspired by forest fires, was recognized for bringing consumers closer to nature.
  • Software Industry Today Best University Program for Starting a Career in Manufacturing – ArtCenter ranked #2 as a top U.S. design program for product design and industrial design.
  • Animation Career Review Top 10 Game Design Schools – ArtCenter ranked among top 10 game design schools in California.
  • Robb Report Learning Curves – Robb Report recognizes ArtCenter at the top of a list of elite schools where the car designers of tomorrow are perfecting their craft.
  • The Hollywood Reporter Top 25 American Film Schools – ArtCenter’s Film Departments rank #14 on the list. Coverage highlights the new Bruce Heavin Media Production Studio, the Zack Snyder fundraiser to revamp the Ahmanson Auditorium, the hiring of Chief Diversity Officer Aaron Bruce, the College’s partnership with the DGA’s Diversity Committee, Catherine Hardwicke’s master class and quotes Snyder as saying “Helping filmmakers find [their] vision is what ArtCenter does incredibly well.”
  • The Wrap College Issue Top 50 U.S. Film Schools – ArtCenter’s Film Departments rank #11, the highest ever since this ranking’s inception in 2016. The October 2019 cover story features the Bruce Heavin Media Production Studio, alumni Michael Bay, Larry Fong, Tarsem Singh, Zack Snyder as well as master classes with Catherine Hardwicke and student filmmakers Alexander Gilbert and Marco Prestini who won awards at Cannes, and Gilbert won at the Association of Independent Commercial Producers—the second AICP gold award in two years for an ArtCenter grad.
  • Monotype and Type Director’s Club Beatrice Warde Scholarship – Graphic Design student Blossom Liu, recipient of the Beatrice Warde Scholarship, is dedicated to being an ally in the fight for equality in underserved and underrepresented communities.
  • LightBox Expo 2019 Concept Art Awards – Airi Pan was chosen as a Student Environment Concept Art Winner for The Griffin’s Nest and Lola Zhang was selected as a Student Character Concept Art Winner for Into the Dark - The Queen at LightBox Expo 2019.
  • Magna Global Bold Perspective Award Design Competition – Students Zehao Zhang won the award plus $5,000 for an autonomous Honda for urban nomads, and Dennis Stephan won for his Mercedes EQS design aimed to incorporate two experiences in one vehicle, a focused driving experience and a relaxed autonomous one. The competition asked students to create innovative vehicle exterior designs for 20 to 30 years into the future.
  • 50 Books 50 Covers – ArtCenter Viewbook 2019-2020 selected by AIGA and Design Observer as one of the 50 best in book and cover design. Creative direction and design: Professor Brad Bartlett; creative coding and design: Alex Seth; project supervision: Scott Taylor, editorial direction: Mike Winder; production supervision: Ellie Eisner; production: Audrey Krauss.
  • Communication Arts Design Annual Competition – ArtCenter Viewbook 2019-2020 was selected by Communication Arts magazine as a winner in the 60th Communication Arts Design Annual Competition. Creative direction and design: Professor Brad Bartlett; creative coding and design: Alex Seth; project supervision: Scott Taylor, editorial direction: Mike Winder; production supervision: Ellie Eisner; production: Audrey Krauss.
  • The Council for Advancement and Support of Education CASE Circle of Excellence Award – ArtCenter Viewbook 2019-2020 was selected for a CASE Circle of Excellence award. Creative direction and design: Professor Brad Bartlett; creative coding and design: Alex Seth; project supervision: Scott Taylor, editorial direction: Mike Winder; production supervision: Ellie Eisner; production: Audrey Krauss.
  • The UCDA Design Competition – ArtCenter Viewbook 2019-2020, Dot Magazine Fall 2018 issue and the Alumni Reunion 2018 Invitation were all honored by the UCDA Design Competition which recognizes the best of the exceptional design work done by communication professionals to promote educational institutions (secondary, vocational or higher education) and supports the exchange of ideas and information relating to the unique role of these designers.
  • Silver Screen Young Director Award Cannes – Film students Alexander Gilbert won in the student commercial category for Get Well Soon, and Marco Prestini won for Zalando.
  • AICP Awards – Film student Alexander Gilbert won in the student commercial category of the AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the American Commercial for Get Well Soon. The commercial will be available in the Department of Film archives at The Museum of Modern Art and featured in a touring exhibition to museums and cultural institutions around the country and abroad.
  • MAISON&OBJET 2019 Rising Talent Award – Graduate Environmental Design student Alex Brokamp was selected by MAISON&OBJET as an up-and-coming American designer.
  • Dezeen Emerging American Designer – Graduate Environmental Design student Alex Brokamp was selected by Dezeen Editor Eleanor Gibson as an Emerging American Designer. Brokamp was recognized for his collection Collate, which comprises aluminum tables decorated with patterns created by a CNC-cutting machine, presented by Bernhardt Design's emerging talent exhibit at ICFF during New York Design Week.
  • Best of American Made Interior Design Magazine – Graduate Environmental Design student Alex Brokamp’s product Handle With Care was selected as The Best of American Made by Interior Design Magazine.
  • Surface Magazine Designer of the Day – Graduate Environmental Design student Alex Brokamp was selected by Surface magazine as Designer of the Day for his furniture and lighting designs which forge long-lasting connections between object and user by putting process on a pedestal.
  • Graphis New Talent Compeition – Graphic Design student Priscilla Chong won a Gold in the editorial category for Sound Shapes Space, a book that explains the connection between sound art and the environment that it lives in. Graphic Design student Sam Yen won a Silver for JackJack Editorial, a modern magazine with bold visuals.
  • Graphic Design USA Students to Watch – Graphic Design student Michelle Gong was recognized for her work which investigates the coalescence of high and low culture through print and screen-based work, spatial installations, and identity systems. Graduate Graphic Design student Constantin Chopin uses traditional and modern creative languages to employ a vast cultural heritage to nurture inspiration.
  • Women in Animation WIA Scholarship – Entertainment Design student April Apodaca was recognized for demonstrating a commitment to artistic explorations and envisioning a world where women share fully in the creation of animation content.
  • HackLA Mobility Hackathon Winners – Graduate Transportation Systems and Design Students Jonathon Markowski and Pooja Nair were recognized for their team concept Goodmoov app, a positively incentivized traffic app to help solve some of the issues with Los Angeles’ notorious traffic congestion.
  • Television Academy Foundation 39th College Television Awards – Film and Advertising student Rudy Gold won first place for his short film Fear Builds Walls, created for partner JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live. The film is about Los Angeles-based graffiti artist Deity, her life, work and the challenges she faces as a female mural artist.

2018

  • Industrial Designers Society of America Education Award – Provost Karen Hofmann in recognition of her significant and distinguished contributions to the field of industrial design education.
  • The Directors Guild of America Student Film Awards for Asian American directors – Film student Lin Sun won a Jury award for AI-Pocalypse.
  • Azure magazine’s 10 Brightest, Boldest and Best Ideas of 2018 – Product Design student Anna Meddaugh’s Night Loo was named one of the 10 Brightest, Boldest and Best Ideas of 2018. Night Loo is a portable, personal urinal that allows women and girls living in refugee camps to safely go to the bathroom at night.
  • Core77 Design Awards – Product Design student Anna Meddaugh won Student Notable Design for Social Impact for Night Loo, a portable, personal urinal that allows women and girls living in refugee camps to safely go to the bathroom at night.
  • Denhart Family Sustainability Prize – Product Design student Anna Meddaugh won Special Recognition for Night Loo, a portable, personal urinal that allows women and girls living in refugee camps to safely go to the bathroom at night.
  • Global Grad Show Official Selection – Product Design student Anna Meddaugh won Official Selection for Night Loo, a portable, personal urinal that allows women and girls living in refugee camps to safely go to the bathroom at night.
  • DONGHIA Scholarship – Environmental Designer Melissa Nguyen won a $30,000 DONGHIA Scholarship.
  • International Photography Awards Editorial Photographer of the Year – Photography and Imaging student Urim Ray Hong won First Place and Honorable Mention for City Soleil: Eager to Learn. City Soleil is a small village within the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area in Haiti.
  • TAG Gallery California Open – Photography and Imaging student Melinda Arredondo won First Place.
  • What They Think Sappi North America 19th Annual Ideas that Matter Grant – Illustration Associate Professor Esther Pearl Watson and Adjunct Associate Professor Mark Todd with Graduate Media Design Practices Professor Elizabeth Chin and students received an Ideas that Matter award for Let’s Read Together: Supporting Early Literacy in Rural Haiti, a Designmatters mini library of ten books.
  • International Woodworking Fair (IWF) – Graduate Environmental Designer Jayati Sinha won the Commercial category for Extrude; graduate Environmental Designer Nupur Haridas, won a Seating category Merit Award and a Design Creativity category Merit Award for Façade, a desk and snug; graduate Environmental Designer Hengfeng (Harry) Lu was a winner of the Design Creativity category for Arina and Product Designer Monserrat Alanis was a finalist for Known Desk.
  • Variety’s Top Teacher in Entertainment Education – Film Associate Professor Affonso Beato was selected as Variety’s Top Teacher in Entertainment Education. The acclaimed director of photography, whose feature credits include collaborations with Pedro Almodovar and Stephen Frears, brings a half-century of filmmaking experience to cinematography courses at ArtCenter.
  • The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) IDEA Awards
    • • Product Design student Charlie Hodges a Gold IDSA IDEA awards for The Urbanette, a children’s toy that significantly reduces material impact on the planet. The modular, tiny home, provides spaces and activities for make-believe, while encouraging children to imagine what a sustainable future looks like.
    • • Product Design student Hanbi Ko won a Bronze IDSA IDEA award for Rubu, a low-cost shippable playground for children in the Syrian refugee crisis that seeks to alleviate war trauma through play.
    • • Environmental Design students Youju Lee and Yongjoon Jhoo won a Silver IDSA IDEA award for Enlighten, a smart desk lamp that allows users to transform their workspace from a small monitor screen to unlimited real space with tangible interactions.
  • Metropolitan Water District Innovators Showcase – Environmental Design student Rae Chye won 2nd Place in the individual category of the 11th Annual Metropolitan Water District Innovators Showcase for Amphibia: A Transportable Marine Lab, a mobile marine lab for researchers to learn more about endangered coral reefs.
  • The Denhart Family Sustainability Scholarship Prize
    • • Environmental Design student Adriana Avendano and Product Design student Alejandro Jimenez won 1st Prize $15,000 for Casa Ikiru, a sustainable, modular and cooperative living complex designed to rekindle the symbiotic relationship between humans and nature by reintroducing our natural environment into the urban setting.
    • • Product Design students Miranda Lapour and Mathew Simon won 2nd Prize $10,000 for COANIQUEM red, a thrift store model that can be scaled up to provide financial support for a children’s burn clinic in Chile.
    • • Illustration student Cullen Townsend won 3rd Prize $5,000 for Overfishing: Salmon fishing in the Pacific Northwest, a compelling graphic novel calling attention to overfishing; in particular, how over-fishing, aquaculture and loss of habitat is affecting the declining salmon population.
    • • Product Design student Charlie Hodges won Special Recognition for The Urbanette, a children’s toy that significantly reduces material impact on the planet. The modular, tiny home, provides spaces and activities for make-believe, while encouraging children to imagine what a sustainable future looks like.
  • Innovation in Interior Design Award (IIDA) Student Competition – Environmental Design student Melissa Nguyen won a $7,000 Innovation in Interior Design Award for Boutique Hotel. The IIDA Student Design Competition recognizes talent and fresh design ideas of interior design students throughout the world.
  • AZURE magazine The Top Industrial Design Schools in North America – ArtCenter’s Environmental Design Department was recognized for its collaboration with manufacturer Bernhardt Design on a line of office furniture for millennials presented at ICFF in New York.
  • L A M P (Lighting Architecture Movement Project) Balance International Lighting Design Competition – Graduate Environmental Design students Xiaoyan (Vei) Wei and Nupur Haridas were selected as Top Ten Student Finalists. Wei was recognized for Lotus Lamp and Haridas for
  • Kalabaaz, a pendant light.
  • 39th International Takifuji Art Award – Environmental Design student Bingmiao Zheng won the
  • Prize for Excellence for Living In The Box.
  • Graphis Poster Annual – Illustration student Eun Jung (Jennifer) Bahng’s UMF 2018 Poster will appear in the Graphis Poster Annual 2018 Website, Book and Creative Quarterly Journal Website.


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