Lexus Announces Judges and Mentors for 2020 Lexus Design Award Competition 

October 20th, 2019 by

For the last eight years, Lexus International has held the Lexus Design Award Competition, which aims to continuously nurture and support up-and-coming designers who use design to build a better future. 

The judges and mentors for the 2020 competition were recently announced, and keeping with past years, are as diverse as they are prestigious. 

Of the most notable of judges is architect and urban designer Jeanne Gang, who was named as one of Time Magazine’s 2019 Most Influential People in the world. Her projects, which include the O’Hare Global Terminal in Chicago and an expansion to the American Museum of Natural History in New York, have been recognized internationally as groundbreaking in defying architecture’s conventional boundaries to influence relationships between people, their environments, and their communities. Gang and her work perfectly illustrate Lexus Design Award’s goal of “Design for a Better Tomorrow.” She will add a fresh perspective to the already-diverse panel of judges that includes Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture & Design at The Museum of Modern Art, John Maeda, Technologist and Chief Experience Officer at Publicis Sapient, and Yoshihiro Sawa, President of Lexus International.

The six finalists in the competition will be announced in January 2020, and from there will be mentored by four world-renowned designers: 

  •  Joe Doucet, designer, artist, entrepreneur, inventor and creative director, who exhibits globally and has been honored with numerous international awards; 
  • Celebrated British designer Bethan Gray, whose distinctive furniture and furnishings are inspired by world cultures and made in collaboration with master craftspeople;
  • British-Canadian Philippe Malouin, an award-winning architectural, interior, and product designer also known for his art objects and installations; and 
  • Architect Shohei Shigematsu, head of OMA New York, who will return as a mentor for the second time to help bringing out the creative potential of young designers

Under their mentorship, the finalists will create prototypes of their design concepts, which will begin at one of the world’s most dynamic cultural hubs, Intersect by Lexus, NYC. Upon completion, the designers’ prototypes will be displayed for judging at Milan Design Week on April 20, 2020. (Milan Design Week, also known as Solone Del Mobile, is the world’s largest design exhibition, which presents events and exhibits from brands and designers in diverse categories including furniture, fashion, and textiles.)

Following presentations by each designer, the Grand Prix winner of Lexus Design Award 2020 will be announced on Milan Design Week’s Press Day. Please visit for additional information.

Being a Lexus owner is more than owning a vehicle, it’s a lifestyle. A lifestyle that celebrates design and luxury in all aspects of life, not just behind the wheel. If the Lexus lifestyle sounds appealing, contact us at Lexus of Las Vegas to set up a test drive of any of our Lexus models and you’ll be on your way to Experience Amazing. 

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