The University of Kentucky has been awarded $5.5 million to fund an international design competition that will be housed at the UK College of Design.
The donation is a gift from the Curry Stone Foundation, a private foundation established by UK alumnus Clifford Curry and his wife, H. Delight Stone, of Oregon. The foundation’s mission is to support individuals or groups who are engaged in activities that contribute to healthy communities.
The gift will be presented to UK over 10 years and will establish the Curry Stone Design Prize and the Curry Stone Chair in Design.
The design prize will be an annual award of $100,000 for exceptional emerging designers with extraordinary design projects or ideas. The first prize will be presented at the 2008 IdeaFestival, which will take place Sept. 25-27 in Louisville.
The Curry Stone chair will become a focal point for a new research area and graduate degree devoted to social entrepreneurism, said Michael Speaks, dean of the College of Design. The curriculum, Speaks said, will focus on the ways innovative design adds economic as well as social value to both small communities and large metropolitan areas.