Designlife Award

The Designlife Award recognizes the significant contribution that an individual or group has made in design in the Southeast. The award brings awareness to the importance of design in the community – and the practice of good design as a sign of good citizenship.

Congratulations to Dean Emeritus Marvin J. Malecha, FAIA, DPACSA, who has been selected as the 2017 Designlife Award recipient for his distinguished 22-year leadership of the NC State College of Design!

Marvin is recognized for his passion for teaching design thinking, his deft college administration, his remarkable penchant for collaborative outreach and for being a champion and spokesperson for all things design. His influence upon thousands of students, the design community and the region at large have created a ripple effect that will advance design for generations.

Learn more about the Designlife Award Gala and previous Designlife Award recipients.

Distinguished Alumni AwardDistinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes the significant achievements of a talented and committed group of individuals. Recipients of this award are design professionals representing the disciplines of the College. They are individuals who have made significant contributions to new insights, fostering original ideas and searching for added knowledge.

In the spring of 2000, a medallion was developed to represent the Distinguished Alumni recipient. This medallion is inspired by the early influence of the Bauhaus on design education at NC State University. It is reflective by the continuing emphasis within the College on the capability to craft by hand as parts of the necklace were fabricated in the College of Design Materials Lab. The medallion represents the application of principles and ideas into products, similarly to what the College of Design has held as an important virtue.