2 / 9 / 2021

JUDGES FOR LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2022 ANNOUNCED

TOKYO, Japan (September 1st, 2021) – Lexus today announced the four distinguished creators selected for the judging panel of the Lexus Design Award 2022, a global platform that supports and nurtures the next generation of designers. This year, Lexus welcomes Indian architect Anupama Kundoo and Canadian designer Bruce Mau to the panel, who will be joining the long-serving judges Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator for the Department of Architecture and Design at MoMA, NYC and Simon Humphries, Head of Toyota & Lexus Global Design.

Lexus believes that the innovative approach of Anupama Kundoo, whose many experimental community-centric projects blend craft traditions with modern architectural techniques, is vital for nurturing the potential of up-and-coming creators. Bruce Mau, who launched his career in graphic design, has championed his vision that "design can change the world,” for decades and his broad multi-disciplinary approach resonates with the Lexus Design Award's theme of Design for a Better Tomorrow.

Bruce Mau said, “I’m deeply honoured to be part of the Lexus Design Award competition because this program takes on the important responsibility of encouraging tomorrow’s designers and empowering them to make the world a better place for us all. Lexus recognizes the great value in leveraging the best in design talent and providing the six competition finalists with a solid foundation and financial support to advance their projects. The competition’s emphasis on mentorship is particularly meaningful to me, as many years ago a mentor helped define the direction of my life as a designer.”

This elite judging panel will select six finalists in early 2022, from the global entries. The judges will be seeking proposals that most effectively embody the Lexus brand’s three key principles of Anticipate, Innovate, and Captivate, while seamlessly bringing happiness to all. Finalists will then be mentored by four renowned creators, to develop prototypes and present their visions. In the spring of 2022, the four judges will review the designs presented by the finalists to decide on the Grand Prix winner.

Members of the mentor team will be announced this autumn.

Entries for the Lexus Design Award 2022 will be accepted until October 10th, 2021.

For more information, please visit LexusDesignAward.com

Official Hashtag: #LexusDesignAward

CALL FOR ENTRIES TO THE LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2022 COMPETITION

TITLE

LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2022

APPLICATION PERIOD

July 13th - October 10th, 2021

JUDGING CRITERIA

 

How the design can enhance the happiness of everyone

How the design embodies the three principles of the Lexus brand: Anticipate, Innovate, and Captivate.

- ANTICIPATE: Does the concept and design anticipate global challenges facing future society?

- INNOVATE: Does the design demonstrate new thinking and originality in its proposal and execution?

- CAPTIVATE: Is the design intriguing and compelling in concept and execution?

JUDGES

  • PAOLA ANTONELLI, Senior Curator for the Department of Architecture and Design at MoMA, NYC
  • ANUPAMA KUNDOO, Architect / Founder of Anupama Kundoo Architects
  • BRUCE MAU, Co-Founder & CEO, Massive Change Network
  • SIMON HUMPHRIES, Head of Toyota & Lexus Global Design

MENTORS

Members of the mentor team will be announced this autumn.

AWARD CATEGORIES

  • One Grand Prix winner (selected from the six finalists)
  • Six Finalists

PRIZES/BENEFITS

  • Six finalists to be invited to mentorship — a series of sessions with mentors from diverse fields who will guide the finalists in developing ideas into prototypes.
  • Six finalists will have global media exposure to help drive their career advancement.
  • Six finalists to receive up to 3 million JPY (over $25K USD) each for prototype production costs.
  • Six finalists will have an opportunity to expand their professional horizons by interacting with the four judges in unique, one-on-one, personal and professional development sessions.

See Official Rules for more details

ORGANIZER

Lexus International

PAOLA ANTONELLI

SENIOR CURATOR FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN AT MoMA, NYC

Paola Antonelli is Senior Curator of Architecture & Design at The Museum of Modern Art, as well as MoMA’s founding Director of Research & Development. Her goal is to promote the understanding of design, until its positive influence on the world is universally acknowledged. Her work investigates design’s impact on everyday experiences, often including overlooked objects and practices, and combining design, architecture, art, science, and technology.

She has curated shows, written books, lectured worldwide, and taught in several universities, including Harvard and UCLA. Among her most recent exhibitions are Broken Nature, devoted to the idea of restorative design (conceived as the XXII Triennale di Milano) and Material Ecology, on the ground-breaking work of architect Neri Oxman. She is currently working on several new sessions of her MoMA R&D Salons; and on the Instagram series @design.emergency, conceived with design critic Alice Rawsthorn and devoted to the role of design in the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. Alice and Paola’s book, Design Emergency, will be published in 2022.

ANAUPAMA KUNDOO

ARCHITECT / FOUNDER OF ANUPAMA KUNDOO ARCHITECTS

Anupama Kundoo graduated from University of Mumbai in 1989 and received her PhD degree from the TU Berlin in 2008. Her research-oriented practice has generated people centric architecture based on spatial and material research for low environmental impact while being socio-economically beneficial. Her body of works was recently exhibited as a solo show 'Taking Time' at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark in Spring of 2021. She has taught Architecture and Urban Management at various international universities strengthening her expertise in rapid urbanization and climate change related development issues, and was the Davenport Visiting Professor at Yale University in Spring 2020.

She is currently a Professor at Potsdam School of Architecture, Germany and the winner of the 2021 Auguste Perret Prize for her contribution to architectural technologies and the 2021 recipient of the RIBA Charles Jencks Award.

BRUCE MAU

CO-FOUNDER & CEO, MASSIVE CHANGE NETWORK

Designer, author, educator, artist and entrepreneur Bruce Mau practices a holistic life-centred design approach grounded in empathy and fact-based optimism to help clients and collaborators envision and articulate their purpose and future. Across thirty years of design innovation, he’s worked with global brands and companies, leading organizations, heads of state, renowned artists and fellow optimists. He became an international figure with the publication of S,M,L,XL, designed and co-authored with Rem Koolhaas. His most recent book, Mau: MC24 – Bruce Mau’s 24 Principles for Designing Massive Change in Your Life and Work, offers readers a mindset and toolkit that can be applied to any type of challenge or at any scale to create impact and positive transformation.

SIMON HUMPHRIES

HEAD OF TOYOTA & LEXUS GLOBAL DESIGN

Simon Humphries is Head of Toyota & Lexus Global Design. He was appointed to oversee design for both brands in 2018. As Head of Lexus Global Design Humphries seeks to define Lexus' unique values in the form of a brand philosophy, incorporating a clear cultural reference to Lexus' Japanese heritage and building a design direction that is relevant to car owners around the world.

Humphries joined the company in 1994. His many roles in leadership and advanced design include defining the Lexus signature grille that has become an icon for the Lexus brand. In 2016, he became President of ED2 (Toyota Europe Design Development) where his team spearheaded development of mobility concepts such as the Toyota e-Palette concept as part of the brand’s transition from “automotive company” to “mobility company.” Humphries began his career in design in 1988 when he was awarded the Royal Society of Arts Bursary Prize for Product Design in the UK. The award gave him the opportunity to work for Sony, which jumpstarted his passion for living and working in Japan. In his spare time Humphries enjoys carpentry and is restoring a 100-year-old Japanese farmhouse.