Material Lab Prize

Now in it’s fifth year, The Material Lab Prize is a $1,000 prize awarded annually by the Material Lab at Pratt Institute’s School of Design to a student designer whose work incorporates repurposed waste and material exploration. The prize seeks to celebrate and exhibit work that considers waste streams as a springboard for new design thinking.

The prize is open to all students at Pratt Institute graduate and undergraduate.

Submissions are due May 27, 2024.

The Material Lab Prize is a $1,000 grant awarded annually by the Material Lab at Pratt Institute’s School of Design to a student designer whose work makes use of trash.

The prize seeks to celebrate and exhibit student work that engages materials in an innovative manner and considers waste streams as a springboard for new design thinking.


In collaboration with departments across, the Material Lab Prize challenges designers at Pratt to incorporate “waste”, salvaged material, re-purposed waste, or found objects to create a new material, design process, or project. We invite students from any department to submit work. Submissions may include, but are not limited to apparel, architectural models, furnishings, household goods, or speculative projects.

How to Submit:

Complete applications include an application form, copyright release form, and project documentation.
Applications are due by 11:59 pm on May 27, 2024. The forms and the project documentation should be emailed as a PDF.
There will be a physical deliverable requirement this year for shortlisted submissions in order to be evaluated by the jury.

Digital deliverables should be emailed to materiallab@pratt.edu as a single combined PDF with the subject line “Material Lab Prize 2024.” In the body of the email please state your project title and full name.
PDF’s should be named in the following manner:
ML_Prize_ProjectName_Spring2024

Your process book is a way for you to share your design process and the development of your work with the jury. Please include at least four images of your final object. The document should be up to 10 pages in 11”x 17” landscape format.
In your process book you can include a wide range of content including, but not limited to research, material explorations, stages in your design iteration, preliminary models, user testing, detail shots, technical drawings, mapping, and other supporting graphics. Please feel free to use any medium that is comfortable for you: hand drawing, digital drawing, photographs, Illustrator and CAD Renderings are all accepted.

View the Call for Submissions

Website link: https://www.materiallab.org/material-lab-prize-2024

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    May 1, 2024 8:00 am
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    May 25, 2024 12:00 am
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