Place by Design Announces Judges for SXSW 2019

Place by Design is SXSW’s design competition that celebrates the intersection of art, technology, and design as it transforms public space and reimagines how we use and interact with our shared spaces. Artists, architects, designers, and urbanists at all levels submit their scalable solutions for improving shared landscapes, and the selected finalists present their work in a fast-paced pitch competition during the Design Track of the 2019 SXSW Conference.

A panel of judges will conduct a Q&A session with each finalist as part of the pitch competition and determine the winner. This year’s judges come from all over the country and have risen to the top of their fields providing a diverse judging board. Meet them below!

2019 Place by Design Judges

Rosa Sheng, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C is a Principal and Director of Equity Diversity Inclusion at SmithGroup, while also leading as AIASF President 2018 and Founding Chair of Equity by Design. As a design architect with 24 years of experience in the built environment, Sheng has led a variety of award-winning and internationally acclaimed projects that have been covered by Architect Magazine, Architectural Record, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, TEDxPhiladelphia, and KQED/NPR.

Kyle Kutuchief is Program Director in Akron, Ohio for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation which invests in journalism and the arts – and to help move Akron towards stabilization and growth, Knight invests in public life and the public realm to attract and engage new residents, with a focus on downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. Also, as part of Reimagining the Civic Commons, Akron is seeking to counteract economic and social fragmentation by revitalizing and connecting public spaces. Kutuchief earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science from The Ohio State University and a Master of Public Administration from The University of Akron.

Jori Bennett is the executive director of ArtPrize – an international art competition that is open to any artist that invites artists to try out new ideas on a large and diverse population of people, and seeks to broaden the critical dialogue around contemporary art. Bennett has nearly two decades of experience in creative team leadership, marketing, strategic engagement, fundraising, and program development. Bennett holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic and Industrial Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Place by Design will take place on March 8-12 at the 2019 SXSW Conference. Utilize the full potential of your badge when you attend Place by Design in addition to exploring the other 25 Conference Tracks. Enjoy primary access to all Conference sessions and events with a Platinum or Interactive Badge, and secondary access to most other events.

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