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Designlife Award Gala

Join us as we toast to another year of good design!

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.

Event Information

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Designlife Gala was canceled. We look forward to formally honoring Bill Bell in 2021.

Introducing our 2020 Designlife Award Recipient:
William V. “Bill” Bell

Eight-time Durham Mayor William V. “Bill” Bell will be honored for his design legacy at the 23rd annual Designlife Gala for leading the transformation of the city of Durham from a fading tobacco town into a thriving cultural community.

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Former Durham Mayor Bill Bell

Past Recipients:

*denotes deceased

  • 2020 – Bill Bell
  • 2019 – Stephen Hill
  • 2018 – Frank Harmon
  • 2017 – Marvin Malecha*
  • 2016 – Charman Driver + Frank Thompson
  • 2015 – Steve Schuster*
  • 2014 – Mitchell Silver
  • 2013 – Clancy & Theys
  • 2012 – Philip Freelon*
  • 2011 – William Ivey Long
  • 2010 – Greg Hatem
  • 2009 – Tom Darden
  • 2008 – Jim Goodmon
  • 2007 – Ann Goodnight
  • 2006 – Lawrence Wheeler
  • 2005 – Gail Lindsey*
  • 2004 – Richard Curtis
  • 2003 – Myrick Howard
  • 2002 – Thomas Sayre
  • 2001 – Betty Ray McCain
  • 2000 – Mary Ann* and Samuel Scherr*
  • 1999 – Harvey Gantt
  • 1998 – George Matsumoto and Duncan Stuart*

Designlife Gala sponsorships support the Design Professional Outreach Fund. All funds are managed by the NC State University Foundation.