innovation | January 28, 2014

Neri Oxman Wins $100,000 Vilcek Prize for Design

Lavin speaker Neri Oxman has just won a 2014 Vilcek Prize—the prestigious annual award that honors “immigrants who have made lasting contributions to American society.” She joins an impressive list of past winners: leading cultural figures like Yo-Yo Ma, Christo and Jeanne Claude, and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Part of MIT's Media Lab, Oxman works at the intersection of art, science, nature, and technology. She uses 3D printing technologies and advances in materials science to produce objects that influence a head-scratching array of fields: healthcare, architecture, fashion, fine arts, and product design. As a speaker, she talks about how new technologies like 3D printing and concepts like biomimicry (design borrowing from nature) will shape the built environment in the exciting years ahead.

Oxman takes home the Vilcek Prize for Design (there is also a Vilcek Prize for Biomedical Science and three Creative Promise Prizes for each category). She'll receive a $100,000 cash prize as well as a beautiful award (above), designed by Stefan Sagmeister.

"We are privileged to honor these outstanding individuals for their contributions to the field of design," said Marica Vilcek, vice president of the Vilcek Foundation. "Design plays an integral role in our everyday lives—from product design to social design, the convergences of art, enterprise, and creativity are shaping the way the world interacts, and these tastemakers are setting a new paradigm for a strong future."

The winners will be honored at a ceremony in New York City in April. For more details, please refer to the press release.

In her talks, Oxman shows audiences how to rethink design to solve the social and ecological problems we deal with every day. To book Neri Oxman as a speaker, contact The Lavin Agency.

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