The Inaugural In The Arena Award

Students from the Department of Design, under the guidance of Assistant Professor Jiwon Park, designed and constructed the physical award for the LBJ School of Public Affairs’ new In The Arena award. The inaugural award was presented to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in November 2018. 

Over the course of several months, students in Park’s wkrm design studio class worked to conceptualize this award to recognize those who have dedicated their lives to public service. The students worked with the LBJ School to identify values that represent the meaning of the award, and researched, developed ideas and created prototypes using a variety of materials and processes. “A Burning Torch” by Jenna Ma, Michael Johnston Jr. and Nader Sadoughi was selected as the final design, symbolizing enlightenment, hope and truth, and blazing with perseverance and patience.