World-Renowned Architect Sir David Adjaye Joins Elite Judging Panel for Lexus Design Award 2018

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Published October 2nd, 2017 - 11:32 GMT
The Lexus Design Award provides an incredible platform for young designers from around the globe to help craft a more inclusive future.
The Lexus Design Award provides an incredible platform for young designers from around the globe to help craft a more inclusive future.

Lexus has announced the addition of visionary architect Sir David Adjaye as the newest judge for Lexus Design Award 2018, a prestigious international competition that seeks to discover and nurture a new generation of ‎creative talent. Adjaye, one of the most influential architects of his generation, complements an already world-class panel of judges that also recently added innovative architect Shigeru Ban. Through the Lexus Design Award, Sir David Adjaye and other judges will identify and recognize the next wave of global creators and designers.

Each year, thousands of young creative talents from around the world aspire to be selected to participate in Lexus Design Award, where they have an opportunity to receive mentorship from established global designers, prototype funding, and an invitation to exhibit at the Lexus Design Event during Milan Design Week. Sir David Adjaye and the other judges will select the 12 finalists that best embody this year's theme, "CO-" and reflect the Lexus brand belief that great design can make the world a better place. At Milan Design Week 2018, Adjaye and his fellow judges will award the coveted Grand Prix award to one of the finalists.

Sir David Adjaye said: “The Lexus Design Award provides an incredible platform for young designers from around the globe to help craft a more inclusive future. I'm honored to be part of this panel helping to elevate these voices. This year’s theme particularly resonated with me. As we negotiate the challenges of the 21st century, thinking collaboratively and across disciplines is more important than ever before.” 

“We are extremely delighted to have Sir David Adjaye join the judging panel for this prestigious award,” said Takayuki Yoshitsugu, Chief Representative, Middle East and North Africa Representative Office, Toyota Motor Corporation. He continued:“At Lexus, we believe in the power of creativity to change the world and build a better future, and the Lexus Design Award offers us an opportunity to take this belief forward and continue our passion for creating amazing experiences. Through the Lexus Design Award program, Lexus is supporting the next generation of designers and creators by offering them the opportunity to explore the power of their imagination, bring their design idea to life, and work with world-renowned designers and creators to showcase their work to the world. I thank our valued customers and fans who support us in our endeavors and continue to help us promote the Lexus philosophy around the world.” 

Named as one of the world's 100 Most Influential People by Time Magazine, the Ghanaian-British architect was knighted in 2017 for services to architecture. In 2016, he received the Panerai London Design Medal. Among his recent accomplishments, Sir Adjaye, designed the National Museum of African American History and Culture ― a Smithsonian Institution museum, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. ― featuring a crown motif from Yoruba (native Nigerian) sculpture.

Entries to the Lexus Design Award 2018 competition are accepted from July 24 through October 8. The 12 finalists will be announced in January 2018, and the Grand Prix winner will be announced during Milan Design Week — April 16th, 2018. For more information on Lexus Design Award 2018 and submission queries, see

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Established in the early 1980s and launched in 1989, the Lexus marque soon became associated with quality, luxury and superior customer satisfaction. The brand reputation grew quickly until, barely a dozen years after its founding, Lexus became America's best-selling line of luxury motor vehicles.

Lexus belongs to the global Toyota family, whose members together constitute the world's third-leading automaker. They and their affiliated companies employ more than 31,000 in the United States, and Lexus and Toyota dealers and suppliers employ an additional 160,000 persons.

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