First lady Michelle Obama on Friday said that the president "deep down" would rather have been an architect.

"Really, deep down, he would have been an architect had he been as talented and creative as all of you," the first lady told attendees at the Cooper-Hewitt 2013 National Design Awards ceremony at the White House.

She said President Obama is "so jealous right now, because I always get to host this.

"Every year, when I’m going over my briefing, he’s like, 'You’re doing that again?,' " she said to laughter. "He’s like, 'Well, who’s there?' "

The awards are organized by the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt Museum and honor the top Americans in design.

"These men and women aren’t simply designing beautiful buildings and parks and products, they’re also thinking about how they can work to help create more sustainable environments, more vibrant cities and a more active and participatory society," said the first lady, honoring the recipients.