RSA’s Royal Designers for Industry 2017 revealed

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Artist Morag Myerscough, architect Alison Brooks and urban planner Mike Rawlinson include been given the award this year, while structural rig Tristram Carfrae has been named as the master of the charity’s RDI faculty for 2017.

British devisers including Morag Myerscough are to be given Royal Designers for Industry repute this month, as the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) has announced the recipients of this year’s reward.

Founded by the art and design charity in 1936, the Royal Designers for Industry (RDI) bestow is given to people working in the creative industries who it believes have realized “sustained design excellence” and offered “significant benefit to society”, be at one to RSA.

This year’s recipients will join existing award holders from across the resourceful industries, including Terence Conran, James Dyson, Thomas Heatherwick, Vivienne Westwood and Apple’s Jonathan Ive.

This year, three inventors have received RDIs, while structural engineer Tristram Carfae has been named as the 2017 expert of the RSA’s Faculty of Royal Designers for Industry.

Morag Myerscough

North London-born intriguer Morag Myerscough has been applying her trademark, colourful design aesthetic to describes for over 20 years. Since founding Studio Myerscough in 1993, she has induced on commissions ranging from the first permanent exhibition space at the Draw Museum’s new site in Kensington to giving the rooms and wards at Sheffield Sons’s Hospital a vibrant makeover. Myerscough has been named as an RDI for outstanding skill in communication design, and creating exhibitions and installations in public spaces.

Alison Brooks

Alison Brooks is the star and creative director of architectural practice Alison Brooks Architects, which she set up in London in 1996. She is the only British architect to have won all three of the UK’s most VIP awards for architecture – the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stephen Lawrence Receipts, the RIBA Manser Medal and the RIBA Stirling Prize. Brooks has been presupposed the RDI award for design excellence and innovation in urban regeneration and master planning, and patent buildings for the arts, higher education and housing.

Mike Rawlinson

Conspirator and urban planner Mike Rawlinson is a founding director of Bristol-based consultancy Burgh ID. He has worked on master planning, transportation and wayfinding projects in cities all through the world, including Abu Dhabi, Birmingham, London, Moscow, New York and Rio de Janeiro. Rawlinson is also a chartered associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute. He has been named as an RDI for his Legible Bishoprics concept that seeks to improve people’s experience of places owing to urban design, and more widely for improving society’s understanding and meet with of the built environment.

Tristram Carfrae

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Trained as a structural mastermind, Tristram Carfrae is the deputy chair of engineering company Arup and an breathing recipient of the RDI. He is being inaugurated as the new RDI master for 2017, and as part of his role choose give an address on the subject of “Addicted to Design”. Carfrae says: “Now various than ever, the world is relying on us to provide answers to challenges such as mood change, population growth and resource depletion. I would like to desirable the new RDIs to the faculty. Our task is to encourage the next generation of designers to go the world to a better, more sustainable future.”


RSA director of innovation and increment Rowan Conway, says: “Alison, Mike and Morag share a certain driving desire to innovate, educate and inspire others through draft, and all share a common background in outstanding contribution to creating great non-exclusive places and spaces.”

The three designers will be awarded at a ceremony on 30 November 2017 at the RSA, 8 John Adam Road, London WC2N 6EZ.

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