Anupama Kundoo and Bruce Mau Appointed as Judges for the Lexus Design Award 2022

1 September 2021

Lexus has selected four distinguished creators 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. They 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 and Lexus Global Design. 

This elite judging panel will select six finalists from the global entries in early 2022. The judges will be seeking proposals that most effectively embody the Lexus brand’s three key principles of Anticipate, Innovate, and Captivate. Lexus believes design has the power to change the world and wants to inspire creators to produce ideas that can improve people’s lives.  

Finalists will then be mentored by four renowned creators, to develop prototypes to express their design ideas. In the spring of 2022, the judges will review the designs presented by the finalists to decide on the Grand Prix winner. 

Anupama Kundoo graduated from the 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. She is currently a Professor at the Potsdam School of Architecture in Germany. She won the 2021 Auguste Perret Prize for her contribution to architectural technologies and was the 2021 recipient of the RIBA Charles Jencks Award.  

Lexus believes that the innovative approach of Anupama Kundoo, whose many experimental community-centric projects blend craft traditions with modern architectural techniques will be of great value in the nurturing the potential of up-and-coming creators.  

Designer, author, educator, artist and entrepreneur Bruce Mau practises 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.  His broad multi-disciplinary approach resonates with the Lexus Design Award’s theme of Design for a Better Tomorrow.  

He said, “I’m deeply honoured to be part of the Lexus Design Award competition because this programme 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.” 

Launched in 2013, the Lexus Design Award is an international competition for up-and-coming creators from around the world. The award seeks to contribute to society by supporting designers and creators whose work shows potential to shape a better future. Six finalists gain a rare opportunity to prototype their designs under the mentorship of leading designers. The Lexus Design Award provides global media exposure to drive professional career advancement.  

The award is open to adult design professionals, students and enthusiasts worldwide. In past years, entries have covered a vast spectrum of concepts and design fields, including industrial design, architecture, technology and engineering, fashion and interior design. Entries can be submitted up to 10 October 2021. Full details on how to take part can be found at

Members of the mentor team will be announced this autumn. 

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Official Hashtag: #LexusDesignAward 

Call for entries to the Lexus Design Award 2022 

APPLICATION PERIOD 13 July – 10 October, 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 and CEO, Massive Change Network SIMON HUMPHRIES, Head of Toyota and 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  a series of sessions with mentors from diverse fields who will guide them in developing their 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 (about £20,000) each for prototype production costs.  Six finalists will have an opportunity to expand their professional horizons by interacting with the four judges in one-on-one, personal and professional development sessions. See Official Rules for more details. 
ORGANISER Lexus International 

Lexus Design Award 2022 panel of judges  

Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art at MoMA, NYC
Antonelli is Senior Curator of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art, as well as MoMA’s founding Director of Research and 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.  
Anupama Kundoo, Architect/Founder of Anupama Kundoo Architects  
Anupama Kundoo graduated from the 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 the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark, in Spring 2021.  She has taught Architecture and Urban Management at various international universities strengthening her expertise in rapid urbanisation and climate change-related development issues, and was the Davenport Visiting Professor at Yale University in Spring 2020.  She is currently a Professor at the Potsdam School of Architecture, Germany. In 2021 she won  Auguste Perret Prize for her contribution to architectural technologies and she was the 2021 recipient of the RIBA Charles Jencks Award. 
 Bruce Mau: Co-Founder and CEO, Massive Change Network 
Designer, author, educator, artist and entrepreneur Bruce Mau practises 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 30 years of design innovation, he’s worked with global brands and companies, leading organisations, 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 and Lexus Global Design 
Simon Humphries is Head of Toyota and 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’s unique values in the form of a brand philosophy, incorporating a clear cultural reference to Lexus’s 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 jump started his passion for living and working in Japan. In his spare time Humphries enjoys carpentry and is restoring a 100-year-old Japanese farmhouse.    


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