2021 lexus design award 2022 judges hero


From left: Paola Antonelli_© 2016_Marton Perlaki, Anupama Kundoo_© Andreas Deffner, Bruce Mau, Simon Humphries
Four world class authorities to select emerging talent for a better tomorrow.
TOKYO, Japan (September 1, 2021) – Lexus today announced the four distinguished members selected for the judging panel of the Lexus Design Award 2022, a global platform that supports and nurtures the next generation of creators. This year, Lexus welcomes Indian architect Anupama Kundoo and Canadian designer Bruce Mau to the panel, who will be joining multi-term contributing judges Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator for the Department of Architecture and Design at MoMA, NY and Simon Humphries, who heads Toyota & Lexus Global Design.

Lexus believes that the innovative approach of Anupama Kundoo, whose many experimental community-centric projects blend craft traditions with 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.

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

This elite judging panel will select six finalists in early 2022, from among 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 enhancing the happiness of 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 fall.

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

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July 13 - October 10, 2021
  • How the design can enhance the happiness of everyone.
  • How the design embodies the three principles of the Lexus brand: Anticipate, Innovate, and Captivate.
    Does the concept and design anticipate global challenges facing future society?
    Does the design demonstrate new thinking and originality in its proposal and execution?
    Is the design intriguing and compelling in concept and execution?
  • PAOLA ANTONELLI, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA, NY
  • ANUPAMA KUNDOO, Architect / Founder of Anupama Kundoo Architects
  • BRUCE MAU, Co-Founder & CEO, Massive Change Network
  • SIMON HUMPHRIES, Head of Toyota & Lexus Global Design
  • SAM BARON, Designer / Creative Director, SAM BARON & Co
  • JOE DOUCET, Founder, Joe Doucet x Partners
  • YOSUKE HAYANO, Principal Partner, MAD Architects
  • SABINE MARCELIS, Designer / Founder, Studio Sabine Marcelis
  • One Grand Prix winner (selected from the six finalists)
  • Six Finalists
  • Six finalists to be invited to mentorship — a series of sessions with mentors from diverse fields who guide finalists in developing ideas into prototypes.
  • Six finalists will have global media exposure to help drive 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 engaging the four judges in unique, one-on-one, personal and professional development sessions.
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