Winterhouse Awards for Design Writing & Criticism

From 2006–2010 the Winterhouse Awards for Design Writing and Criticism sought to increase the understanding and appreciation of design, both within the profession and throughout American life. A program of AIGA, the awards were founded by Jessica Helfand and William Drenttel of Winterhouse Institute to recognize excellence in writing about design, and to encourage the development of young voices in design writing, commentary and criticism.

This program was part of a larger AIGA initiative to stimulate new levels of design awareness and critical thinking about design.

The 2010 Writing Award was awarded to Daniel Brook. Brook is the author of The Trap: Selling Out to Stay Afloat in Winner Take All America (Times Books/Henry Holt, 2007) and has written about architecture for Harper’s, and Metropolis, among other publications.

Read Daniel Brook’s three submissions:

The 2010 Education Award was awarded to Aileen Kwun. Kwun earned her BA in English at the University of California, Berkeley, where her study of literature instilled a love of language and a drive to unearth the subtext of our constructed surroundings. Following her relocation to New York, she earned a Certificate in Publishing from Columbia University’s School of Journalism and worked for two years as a publicist for Princeton Architectural Press.

Read Aileen Kwun’s submission: