Meet The Judges: Design Award

The Design Award

This year’s RISE will continue to see the introduction of new Focus Awards: awards specially sponsored and designed to bring recognition to those student projects that excel in a particular field. One such award joining the ranks of RISE:2020 is the Design Award. Sponsored by the College of Art, Media and Design, the Design Award will be offering $2000 in total awards to students that apply tools of design, data visualization, text mining, journalistic investigation, or creative storytelling in a manner drawing attention to important ideas, problems, or challenges.  

Projects considered for the Design Award will be carefully evaluated by a panel of judges selected based on their education and professional experience within the diverse field of design.

The Panel

Jose Dos Santos

Jose Dos Santos PrelimA designer with a professional history spanning over thirty years, Jose Dos Santos is the current Head of Design in the Americas for Signify (previously Philips Lighting), a company specializing in connected LED lighting systems, software and services. He received his Master of Product Design and Development at Northwestern University and his Masters in Industrial Design at Central Saint Martins University of the arts in London. Prior to his current position, Dos Santos co-founded and developed a non-profit organization dedicated to young entrepreneurship and worked as a Design Director with Liberty Hardware and other Masco companies


Brian Gregory

Brian GregoryBrian Gregory Prelim is a Lead Designer turned Associate at Gamble Associates, an urban design and planning firm based in Cambridge. Gregory received his Bachelors and Masters in Architecture from Northeastern University, where he has also served as an Adjunct Professor in the College of Art, Media and Design. Gregory has worked as a designer for Chan Krieger Sienewicz (now a member of NBBJ), a project manager at Stern McCafferty Architecture and Interiors, and a BAC CityLab Instructor at the Boston Architectural College. He’s a trained architect with a specialization in urban design, analyzing the intersection of transportation and the built environment with a focus on synergies between transit, housing and urban form.  


Sam Aquilano

Sam AquilanoSam Aquilano Prelim is the Founder and Executive Director of the Design Museum BostonAquilano received his Bachelors in the Fine Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology and then his Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship from Babson College. Prior to his current position, Aquilano served as an Industrial Designer for the Bose Corporation as well as an adjunct professor for the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Babson College. He founded the Design Museum Boston to educate the world about the importance of design in our lives by turning the museum inside out and turning entire cities into locally-focused, nomadic design museums.  


Kelly Smith

Kelly SmithKelly Harris Smith Prelim is a Designer and Creative Director at a company of her own name and founding after having worked at a myriad of companies such as Machado and Silvetti Associates, Utile, Inc., Etcetera Media and Goods, over,underFiltzfelt, and Knoll, many of which she had a hand in founding. Currently, she works as an independent designer specializing in the application of natural and sustainable materials in commercial and residential interior design. She also works as the Creative Director of Minni Space LLC, a creative community space run by professional artists and educators, which she also founded. Through and through, Smith is a talented designer with a penchant for entrepreneurship.


Jeffery Montes

Jeffery MontesJeffery Montes New is a JETPORTAL Space Architect, which may seem a grand title, though his resume very much speaks to the role without exaggeration. Having worked as a founding member of SEArch+ (Space Exploration in Architecture), a Habitat Design Consultant at the NASA Langley Research Center, the Head of Space Architecture and Research at AI SpaceFactory, and a Research Fellow at the Open Lunar Foundation, Montes is most certainly an expert of design with a focus in other-worldly architecture. His work on habitat designs have been awarded by NASA and private institutions, and his work in the field has been exhibited around the planet. Montes is also the principal designer of Marsha, a Mars habitat form, and is the lead in fabricating its prototype. 


Lee Moreau

Lee MoreauLee Moreau New is an architect turned strategist with a storied work history, holding designer positions at companies such as James Carpenter Design Associates, Wood + Zapata, Rockwell Group and IDEO. Currently, Moreau is the President of Other Tomorrows, an interdisciplinary design and strategy consultancy based in Boston. Prior to his current position, he was the Principal and VP at Contiuum, a global innovation design firm whose work is informed by the needs, desires, and aspirations of their clients. Before that, he was the Director of Environments at 2×4, an internationally recognized design firm where he led projects for clients such as Novartis, Nike, Lincoln Center, and the Museum of Modern Art design store. Moreau received his Bachelors of Arts in Politics and Architecture at Bennington College and his Masters of Architecture at Rice University

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Disclaimer: Information regarding judges and their work are sourced online via LinkedIn, associated academic institutions,  and affiliated organizations.

Written by Joseph Burns

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