Bruce Hannah

1998 Bruce Hannah, IDSA

Bruce Hannah earned IDSA's Education Award in 1998. He graduated from Pratt Institute in 1963, became a faculty member and a full-time tenured professor in 1993, when he was appointed chair of the Graduate Industrial Design Department.

His career began in 1967 when, in collaboration with Andrew Morrison, he produced award-winning groups for Knoll International, a firm with which Bruce collaborated for 25 years. The partnership won the ALCOA Award, and awards from ASID, IBD, and ID Magazine. In 1976, Hannah established his own office, Designs included the Hannah Desk System for Knoll, which was chosen as a Design of the Decade by IDSA in 1990. In 1992, Hannah became president of CADRE, Pratt's Center for Advanced Design Research and Education, and was awarded the prestigious Bronze Apple for his collaboration with Dr. Dan Fechtner, Danae Willson and Arnold Wasserman in the creation of the first international conference on Universal Design Access to Daily Living.

In 1993, Hannah resigned as chair of the Pratt ID Department, to devote more time to teaching and the presidency of CADRE. In 1993-1994 he created a series of seminars underwritten by ACME Architectural Walls, entitled Access by Design. In 1994, he left CADRE and created the Furniture Design Studio at Pratt, while pursuing his own professional work.

Hannah established a series of Furniture Workshops that took place in different cities around the world in collaboration with leading design schools. These included the New Cafe Chair, with Les Ateliers in Paris in 1995, the New Divan at Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul in 1996, the Wilderness Chair at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho in 1997 and the Hyde Park Chair at the Royal College of Art in London in 1998. The workshops were planned to be subjects for a book, World of Chairs.

In 1997, Knoll produced the latest Hannah Desk System. In 1998, Hannah co-curated and co-designed the exhibit, Unlimited by Design, at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. He earned a Federal Design Achievement Award in 2000.

Hannah also wrote Access By Design with George Covington, (John Wiley & Sons, 1997) and Becoming a Product Design, (John Wiley & Sons, 2004).