Shortlist 2021 - RSA

Student Design Awards judging announcement


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 May 5 to May 12 2021, where shortlisted entrants are invited to discuss their competition entry with the judging panels. 

Winners will be announced in June, and we will celebrate their projects at an awards ceremony later on this year. 

2020-21 RSA Student Design Awards shortlist 

1. Redistributing health

How might we design systems that provide seamless and cost-effective access to quality health services for underserved communities?

Andrew McArdle, National College of Art & Design, Ireland
Caitlyn Yu, Carrie Dam, Erica Sua, Gina Hsu & Jessie Huang, University of Waterloo, Global Business and Digital Arts, Canada
Dhyani Parekh, National Institute of Design, India 
Jay Dennis, Sheffield Hallam University
Rhiannon Beddoe, Imperial College London

2. A new leaf

How might we utilise local woodland resources to stimulate inclusive and sustainable economic activity?

Clement Norman, University of Westminster
Harry Peck, Northumbria University
Marianna Lordou, University of Dundee, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design
Sophie Routledge & Jacob Bailey, Loughborough University
Zil Shah, University of Dundee, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design

3. Bridging the divide 

How might we harness social media to bridge societal divides by supporting social connection, collective action and reducing polarisation?

Hanna Hoch, Brunel University London
Isobella Tippins, Ella Coldray & Jared Appleton, University of the West of England
Lucy Laughland, Connor McCallum & Mac Scott, Edinburgh Napier University
Tianli Hu, Brunel University London
Yuan Tai, Amirul Firdaus Bin Sani & Joselin Piay Jia Min, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

4. The right to breathe

How might we ensure that everyone living in areas with poor air quality is guaranteed their right to clean air?

Aaron Conneely & Enya Carroll, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland
Alex Brown, University of Manchester
Emily VanderMey, Liz Wang & Samantha Tung,California College of the Arts, School of Visual Arts, and Loughborough University, USA / UK
Emma Brookes, University of Portsmouth
Tai Rosemin, Lancaster University

5. Material world

How might we apply biomimicry to create textiles, processes or systems that enhance nature?

Katie Allen, Bath Spa University
Kerri Cooper, Imperial College London
Monique Wiesner & Lorcan Looney, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland
Rachel Ward & Julia Parsonage, Nottingham Trent University
Xuefei Bu, Chelsea College and Art and Design

6. Home sweet home

How might we harness age-friendly design to 'future-proof' homes so they are sustainable, safe and inclusive places to live and enjoy?

Athul Dinesh, National Institute of Design, India
Emilie Vidal, Kingston University
Erica Takawira, University of South Wales
Frankie Woolf & Leonie Woolf, Northumbria University, University of Bristol
Princess Woy, Peter Water & Quiana Higgins, Loughborough University

7. For the long time

How might we encourage people and community to think and act for the long term?

Aniela Fidler Wieruszewska, University of the Arts London
Cillian Carroll, Kate Guilfoyle & Lea Juilenne, Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Ireland
Liana O'Cleirigh & Renata Dima, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland
Poppy Howell, Nottingham Trent University
Sarah Heffernan, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland
William Dauncey, Cardiff Metropolitan University

8. Moving pictures

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

Giselle Johnson, York St John University
Issy Bradford, Nottingham Trent University
Lauren O'Brien, National College of Art & Design, Dublin, Ireland
Mark Churcher, Edinburgh Napier University
Zoe McCarthy, National College of Art & Design, Dublin, Ireland 

RSA Student Design Awards

Our competition for emerging designers who want to make a difference.