The Bredendieck Awards poster with famous Kandem table lamp famously co-designed by Bredendieck.

New Bredendieck Award Celebrates School's Legacy
and Innovative Design Thinking

New Bredendieck Award Celebrates School's Legacy
and Innovative Design Thinking

The Georgia Tech School of Industrial Design has established a new award to recognize the contributions of Hin Bredendieck to the field of industrial design. As founding director of Georgia Tech’s industrial design program in 1952, Bredendieck's legacy is deeply woven into the School’s design values and meaningful student outcomes.

The Bredendieck Awards provide an excellent opportunity for design students to showcase their talents, gain recognition for their work, and help shape the future of design. Professor Jim Budd initiated the new award. “The goal of the Bredendieck Awards is to recognize the potential of design to address people's needs and concerns through the application of design methods that Bredendieck defined as ‘intelligent and responsible product development,‘“ he said.

Theme: Artifacts for the Home

The award's inaugural year will focus on the theme of "Artifacts for the Home." Students are required to clearly articulate and provide rich visual and contextual materials for the problem they are trying to solve. They should specify who it is for, the evolution of the idea, the steps involved in refining the concept, and the steps involved in prototyping and testing the proposed solution. A panel of judges will place emphasis on physical artifacts that integrate utility and form in an elegant solution.

This is a holistic approach to problem-solving that places the user at the center of the design process. Industrial design students are encouraged to take inspiration from Bredendieck's design approach and philosophy to create designs that are both practical and visually appealing.

Bredendieck's Legacy

Hin Bredendieck was a notably influential figure in the field of industrial design who played a significant role in bringing Bauhaus design ideas to America. “His design approach, which considered user-centered research a prerequisite for intelligent and responsible product development, grew out of his education and training at the Bauhaus. It is important to recognize that the concept of the "science of design" had a profound impact on our understanding of the role of design today,” he said. The Bredendieck Awards seek to honor this legacy by encouraging design students to embody Bredendieck's innovative design thinking.

"The importance of Bredendieck's design philosophy and thinking cannot be overstated. He believed that design was a science, and that understanding the needs and desires of the user was the key to successful product development,” he said.

School of Industrial Design Chair and Professor, Dr. EunSook Kwon, wants students to know the rich history they are a part of. “Professor Bredendick’s legacy can be found in the highly creative students and alumni of the Industrial Design program, especially in their sense of the problems, and processes of thinking and working. This is our DNA”, she said.

“Bredendieck described design education as the ‘release of the creative power and energies of the student.‘ He believed students should build ‘an attitude of flexible ingenuity’ for the execution of purposeful design activity. This highlights his advanced thinking and values on student-centered and practice-based design learning, which is highly emphasized in the current design curriculum,“ she said.

Bredendieck was a dedicated educator, and his teaching methods and ideas have had a lasting impact on the field of industrial design. His design values have made him a role model for many designers, and his ideas continue to inspire generations of students and designers.

The Cycle of Good

One notable Georgia Tech alumnus inspired by Bredendieck’s teachings is Jim Oliver (BSID 1965, BME 1967). Oliver credits Bredendieck’s teaching for the foundation of his success in business. He has also made it a goal to further design education with philanthropic donations to foster interdisciplinary collaboration. Among Oliver’s contributions are funded faculty positions, the Design Bloc, and in 2021, a generous gift that outgoing School Chair, Jim Budd, invested into the programming, development, and funding of the new Bredendieck Awards through 2027.

“I believe it is important to recognize design excellence and I believe design awards can be a powerful tool to motivate our students. With the recent growth of our GTID program and the successful career placement of our graduates, I am optimistic our alumni will follow in the footsteps of Jim Oliver and recognize the contribution the School has played in the growth and development of their personal careers and success,“ Budd said.

In what could be stated as the “Cycle of Good”, “I hope our alumni and design education supporters will help us to continue to build awards, scholarships and other forms of support to recognize the design excellence of our students,“ he said.

The Bredendieck Awards judging panel will award the winning students a total of $10,000 in prize money. The first-place winner will receive $5,000, the second-place winner will receive $3,000, and the third-place winner will receive $2,000. Awarded students will be recognized during the School of Industrial Design’s end-of-year Awards Ceremony, taking place alongside the end-of-semester Launchpad Student Design Showcase celebration.

The Bredendieck Awards

1st Place


2nd Place


3rd Place


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