Exhibit Columbus announces the 2019 Design Presentations

Following a highly successful and critically acclaimed inaugural exhibition in 2017 and the groundbreaking 2018 National Symposium Design, Community, and Progressive Preservation, Exhibit Columbus announces the first public event of the 2019 exhibition: the J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Design Presentations on Saturday, January 19.

Following a highly successful and critically acclaimed inaugural exhibition in 2017 and the groundbreaking 2018 National Symposium Design, Community, and Progressive Preservation, Exhibit Columbus announces the first public event of the 2019 exhibition: the J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Design Presentations on Saturday, January 19.

The 2018-19 Miller Prize Winners experienced Columbus this fall and visited the sites where they will create temporary outdoor installations that respond to the context of Columbus’ built heritage and the curatorial theme of Good Design in the Community. Drawing inspiration from the title of the 1986 exhibition mounted by the National Building Museum when J. Irwin Miller became the first living American inducted into the Museum’s Hall of Fame, the 2019 exhibition will expand on the theme in a tangible way as participants explore how architecture, art, and design can improve people’s lives and make cities better places to live.

“This is a rare chance to experience the creative process firsthand,” said Anne Surak, director of exhibitions for Exhibit Columbus. “The Design Presentations not only provide an exciting opportunity to witness acclaimed international designers present their concepts in a public format––but it also gives everyone a look at what is to come.”

2018–19 J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Recipients and Installation Sites

Agency Landscape + Planning (Cambridge, MA)
Site: AT&T Facility, 1978, Paul Kennon of Caudill Rowlett Scott

Bryony Roberts Studio (New York, NY)
Site: Columbus City Hall, 1981, Edward Charles Bassett, Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill

Frida Escobedo Studio (Mexico City, Mexico)
Site: Cleo Rogers Memorial Library Plaza, 1971, I.M. Pei and Partners

MASS Design Group (Boston, MA; Kigali, Rwanda)
Site: Central Middle School, 2007, Ralph Johnson of Perkins + Will

SO-IL (New York, NY)
Site: Bartholomew County Courthouse Lawn, 1871-74, Isaac Hodgson

The Design Presentations also feature the 2018–19 University Design Research Fellows. Representing eight universities, these fellows will translate their innovative research into installations and experiences that explore ways in which architecture and design can improve cities and advance new practices in design and fabrication.

“We’re growing a network of university professors in the middle of the country that are unified in their interest to advance architecture and design,” said Surak. “It will be exciting to have the university fellows present the same day as the Miller Prize Winners.”

2018–19 University Design Research Fellows


Viola Ago and Hans Tursack
The Ohio State University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sean Ahlquist
University of Michigan

Christopher Battaglia
Ball State University

Sean Lally and Matthew Wizinsky
University of Illinois at Chicago and University of Cincinnati

Daniel Luis Martinez and Etien Santiago
Indiana University

Marshall Prado
University of Tennessee

Design Presentations Event Details

Saturday, January 19 at The Commons

10:00 am – 12:30 pm / University Design Research Fellows

12:30 – 1:30 pm / Lunch (provided to ticket holders)

2:00 – 4:30 pm / Miller Prize Presentations

About Exhibit Columbus

Exhibit Columbus seeks to celebrate Columbus’ design heritage while making it relevant to new communities. Exhibit Columbus is the signature project of Landmark Columbus, which was created in 2015 to “care for the design heritage of Columbus and inspire communities to use architecture, art, and design to improve people’s lives and make cities better places to live.” Landmark Columbus is a program of Heritage Fund – The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County. Exhibit Columbus operates with legacy support from Ball State University, Columbus Area Visitors Center, Columbus Museum of Art Design, Columbus Regional Health, Cummins Inc., Deer Crossing Fund, Efroymson Family Fund, Haddad Foundation, Heritage Fund – The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County, Indiana University, Irwin-Sweeney-Miller Foundation, Johnson Ventures, Moravec Realty, Schumaker Family, SIHO Insurance Services, and others.

For general inquires, please contact Hannah Brokenshire at hannah@exhibitcolumbus.org. For press inquiries, please contact Kubany Judlowe at kubany@exhibitcolumbus.com.