The RSA-US Student Design Awards began as a Fellows’ initiative in 2013. The RSA-US SDAs was founded, developed, funded, and led by Fellows.
The goals of the RSA-US SDA program in the 2013, 2014, and 2015 years included:
- Promoting the RSA brand in the US through the design community
- Providing the same opportunity to design students in the US available to design students in the UK
- Giving design students the opportunity to meet with design industry leaders
- Building an RSA US design industry and design education network to promote sustainable design for social good
- Giving US Fellows an opportunity to promote areas of design for which they are passionate
Planning for the design-led social change initiative began in 2011 with Fellows David Turner and Seren Paige-Bailey serving as co-founders of the RSA-US Student Design Awards. Additionally, David Turnbull served as chairman of the awards in 2013 and 2014.
Exceptional leadership and vision has been provided throughout the three-year pilot program by sponsors, judges, presenters and volunteers.