University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
School of Architecture College of Design

Celebrating Innovation


Announcing 2014 Winner: Lauren Luna


Award Program and Creativity Workshop:
Thursday, April 17, 6-8pm
274 McNeal Hall

FREE pizza and team shoe designing

Lauren Luna is the winner of the Goldstein Museum of Design's 2014 Margot Siegel Award. She combines professional training as a painter with an innovative approach to the sculptural qualities of shoes to develop unique footwear. Her designs range from custom-painted sneakers to dramatic stilettos. 

Lauren received a BFA in painting in 2000 from Kent State University, an MS in art education in 2004 from Manhattan College, and an MFA in painting in 2012 from Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She began painting custom high-top sneakers in 2008, drawing on art historical references such as Japanese woodblock prints and Van Gogh paintings as well as popular culture imagery. Her shoes quickly became and remain popular with musicians, actors, and artists.

In 2009, Lauren organized The Se7en Deadly Sins Fashion Show with student apparel designers at the Columbus College of Art and Design, creating twenty-one pairs of sculptural shoes - three for each of the seven sins - to complement the students' designs. In 2013, a pair of the shoes illustrating Wrath was included in "Stepping into the Limelight," an exhibition of footwear organized by GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts in Germany.

Lauren manufactured a line of shoes in 2012 which she hand painted and sold through nationally online and through boutiques. In 2013, her shoes were shown in Austin and Houston Fashion weeks, and featured in British Vogue and British Glamour. She was also named one of the Top 50 Creative Entrepreneurs by the Scion Company and received intensive training in entrepreneurial success.

Lauren currently lives in Houston, Texas with her family where she inspires creativity in kindergarten through 5th graders, and produces custom painted shoes and Louis Vuitton handbags. She is a member of the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY). Her shoes can be found at





Margot Siegel (University of Minnesota School of Journalism 1944) was a pioneering journalist and marketing professional with a passion for good design. An important contributor to GMD’s collection, Margot encouraged young designers to be bold and take risks.

The Margot Siegel Design Award honors designers for innovation and enhancement of the quality of life.
The winner of this interdisciplinary award receives a check for $2,000 and is invited to speak at the University of Minnesota’s College of Design.


Margot Siegel, 1976


2013 Siegel Design Award Winner

Roald Gundersen, Whole Trees Architecture + Structures

Watch Roald Gundersen's November 7, 2013 presentation, "Why Trees Are Stronger Than Wood: Implications on Architecture and Sustainability" at Rapson Hall.



Contact Information

Goldstein Museum of Design

364 McNeal Hall,

1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-624-7434 |

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