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2011

The mansion is closed to the public and renovation begins. The National Design Library moves from the mansion to the Miller and Fox townhouses. A collection storage, conservation, and research facility is created off campus. Design in the classroom launches, introducing design thinking to New York City K–12 students.

2012

The Cooper-Hewitt Design Center in Harlem opens to serve as a satellite education space during the renovation project. The museum selects graphic design firm Pentagram to rethink the visual identity of the new Cooper-Hewitt.

2013

Caroline Baumann is appointed director of the museum. Cooper Hewitt launches national Design in the Classroom program. Walter Hood Design Studio (2009 NDA Winner) is hired to redesign garden.

2014

Fifteenth anniversary of the National Design Awards. The museum’s name changes to Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. The renovated museum opens to the public on December 12 with a new way to experience design.

2015

Reopening of Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden. Mansion renovation achieves LEED Silver certification.

2016

Museum welcomes record number of visitors. Digitization of over 200,000 collection objects completed. New York Landmarks Conservancy honors Cooper Hewitt with Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award.
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