We encourage and support designers to play a central role in creating a more resilient, resourceful and sustainable society. The RSA has supported design since it emerged as a professional discipline in the early 20th century, and earlier. One of its best-recognised expressions of support is the Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) award established in the 1930s to recognise designers of excellence, raise the profile of the emerging profession of design and promote the contribution of design in manufacturing and industry. The second is the Student Design Awards, dating back to a bursaries scheme born in the 1920s that encourages and rewards the best emerging talent from universities.
We recognise the formal judgement traditionally associated with design, and design's essential optimism with respect to progress and change. We want designers to demonstrate how the insights and processes of design can increase the resourcefulness of people and communities.
Royal Designers for Industry (RDI)
Student Design Awards
The Great Recovery