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The first stage of judging – anonymous shortlisting – is complete and we are pleased to announce the shortlist for the briefs! 

The final stage of judging is a series of interviews with finalists (running from 20 April – 7 May), where shortlisted entrants are invited to discuss their competition entry with the judging panels. 

Winners will be announced in May 2019, and we will celebrate their projects at an Awards ceremony later on this year. 

2019/20 RSA Student Design Award Shortlist Announcement


1. AI 100

How might we use AI to support people to reach a happy, meaningful and productive one hundred year life? 


  • Jihee Ahn, Arin Jeong, & Jisu Park, Hongik University, Seoul, South Korea
  • Maximos Angelakis, Northumbria University
  • Nagihan Avcu, Miriam Brüne, Andreas Hutter, Andreas Kissling & Thomas Memel, Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
  • Anouk Dijkman, Brunel University London
  • Kipras Pasakinskas & Linas Staniukynas, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland
  • Lalith Sanathi, Loughborough University
  • Jessica Williams, Northumbria University


2. Cultivating Community

How might we reimagine common spaces to build diverse communities through food? 


  • Sarah Boot, University of Plymouth
  • Tom Lloyd-Davies, University of Plymouth
  • Georgia Holden, University of Lincoln
  • Almas Meghani, University of Northampton
  • Megana Mikuciauskaite, University of the Arts London
  • Fionnuala OConnor Rutter, Northumbria University
  • Andrada Popa & Robyn Young, Edinburgh Napier University


3. Make Fashion Circular 

How might we use circular design principles to innovate the way we produce, use and access everyday clothing items?  


  • Lauren Cooper, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Rachel Davies, Falmouth University
  • Yihan Dong, University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins
  • Anna Fenning-Kazantzidi, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Sylvia Hiam, University of Gloucestershire
  • Róisín Maher & Kirsten Whelan, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland
  • Nalinee Netithammakorn, De Montfort University


4. Healthy Routes

How might we make active travel accessible to the ageing population that will, in turn, make it better for all? 


  • Yash Bhutada, Mitsue Guerrero, Togo Kida & Hane Roh, Harvard University, America
  • Ollie Butt, Loughborough University  
  • Joe Coll, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ireland
  • Tara Janes, Loughborough University
  • Kate Mattick, University College London
  • Daniel Rose, University of Lincoln
  • Dan Sawford, De Montfort University


5. Branching Out

How might we harness broad-leaved woodlands and their resources to increase their local economic, social and environmental value?  


  • Helena Buckoke, Brunel University London
  • Pritpal Chana, University of Nottingham
  • José Dijkshoorn, Brunel University London
  • Simon Feather, Leeds Beckett University
  • Eusebiu Gherghina, Leeds Beckett University
  • Mariya Molotnikova, University of Leeds
  • Sandra Reith, University of Leeds
  • Shreyas Vavle, Northumbria University


6. A Platform For Joy

How might we unlock joy for people at train stations? 


  • Magdalena Boudova, University of Derby
  • Jack Dempsey, Andrew Dunne & Bilko Kacar, Maynooth University, Ireland
  • Maria Franco, University of Central Oklahoma, America
  • Killian Gleeson, Technological University Dublin, Ireland
  • Judy Jooho Chang, Northumbria University
  • Ella Kenyon, Saffron Lee & Chay Reuby, Kingston University
  • Penny Wright, University of Lincoln


7. Just About Managing

How might we enable households and families to be more economically secure? 


  • Connor Fox, Loughborough University
  • Gracia Goh, Johyun Moon & Alina Toh, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
  • Yang Han Chee, Carolina Rusli & Nurliana Sabrina Zahari, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
  • Matty Hodgkins, Loughborough University
  • Alexandra McDermont, Dervilla McNamara & Amalia White, NUI Maynooth University, Ireland
  • James Rhodes, Northumbria University


8. Dignity In Displacement 

How might we support displaced individuals to find hope, dignity and safety to rebuild their lives? 


  • Shreya Agarwal¸ Brian Morgan, Elin Tobias Wahlstedt & Liwen Zhou, Glasgow School of Art
  • Afaf Ali, Northumbria University
  • Gemma Bacon, Northumbria University
  • Jack Canavan & Sabhín OSullivan, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland
  • Adam Kendall, Northumbria University
  • Aditya Kujal Walia, Northumbria University
  • Éilis O Reilly & Doireann Peelo, NUI Maynooth University, Ireland


9. Moving Pictures
Conceive and produce an animation to accompany one of the two selected audio files that will clarify, energise and illuminate the content.


  • Kelsie Baird & Anna MacKenzie, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Tara Burke, Limerick School of Art and Design, Ireland
  • Claire Dillon, Limerick School of Art and Design, Ireland
  • Emerald Gibson & Lauren Kilroy, Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Ireland
  • Hannah Jesse, Birmingham City University
  • Jarit Luin, University of Sunderland
  • Ellie Stone, Limerick School of Art and Design, Ireland
  • Yunjae Woo, Prague College, Teeside University