The RSA Student Design Awards recognises projects by students and recent graduates that use design to solve social challenges.
The awards have been running since 1924. In 2019, we received entries from students studying in 25 countries across 5 continents.
Here are the 2019 Winners by design brief (problem to solve). Congratulations to all our winners for their excellent work!
Hannah Rayner, Loughborough University (Project: Apto)
Grand Station Designs
Sponsored by Network Rail
Design a way to reinvigorate and/or repurpose an ageing commuter train station building, utilising its existing structures and resources.
Paz Moreno, London Metropolitan University (Project: Green Stations)
Ellie Boggans, London Metropolitan University (Project: Repair Station)
Citizens as Shapers
Sponsored by Twitter
Design a solution that harnesses digital tools to increase the quantity and quality of citizens' participation in democratic processes.
Thom Farrell, University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins (Project: legislation.gov.uk redesign)
David Friedmann, Northumbria University (Project: Poli)
Beyond the Kitchen Table
Develop an inclusive kitchen product or spatial solution that enables people of diverse ages and needs to prepare and eat food, entertain, engage in hobbies or work and enjoy life together.
Jasper Heymans, Luca School of Arts Campus C-mine, Belgium (Project: MOOVE)
Kamiel Ceyssens, Luca School of Arts Campus C-mine, Belgium (Project: Monoaid)
Martina Spinacè & Giorgio Vivian, ISIA Roma Design (Project: Tony)
Accounting for how different groups in society are affected by loneliness, design a way to reduce its impact on one or more of the following: physical health, mental health, or access to services.
Bethany Richardson, University of Lincoln (Project: Flock Radio ‘Mental Health in Agriculture’)
Charlotte Barry, Chelsea College of Art and Design (Project: Oro)
Brady Hansen, Middlesex University (Project: The Loneliness Emoji – BA Product Design, Middlesex University)
Stephanie Ward, Kingston University (Project: Recollection – BA Illustration, Kingston University)
Mathilde Wittock, University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins (Project: Papilla)
Maanasa Mahesh, Virginia Commonwealth University (Project: Seat Seeker)
Jack Strachan, Loughborough University (Project: Empowering Employees with Autism in the Workplace)
Sponsored by Legacy Funds to the RSA.
Design a system, service or campaign to encourage or enable parents, employers or society more widely to embrace Shared Parental Leave.
Liam Mead and George Harrild, Kingston University (Project: The Grand Petition)
Living and Dying Well
Sponsored by NHS England
Conceive and produce an animation to clarify and illuminate the audio content provided, which explores why talking about illness and planning for death is important for people affected by serious health conditions.