College of Medallists

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The College of Medallists is an association of recipients of The Sir Misha Black Medal for Distinguished Services in Design Education. Misha Black (1910–1977) was a pioneer of design in Britain. The College of Medallists was established in 2000, and joined the Founding Bodies (the Design and Industries Association, the Royal College of Art (RCA), the Faculty of Royal Designers for Industry (RDI) at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and the Royal Academy of Engineering) in supporting the Sir Misha Black Awards. In 2020, the College of Medallists became part of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, with the Imperial College of London as a founding body.

Sir Misha Black Awards Committee[edit]

The Sir Misha Black Awards Committee comprises:

Medal recipients[edit]

Year Name Country Biography
2020 Birgit Mager Germany Mager is the first ever Professor of Service Design at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences.
2018 P John Clarkson UK Clarkson takes a ground-breaking approach in the modelling of design processes and change propagation within complex systems.
2016 Margaret Calvert OBE RDI UK Calvert is best known for her pioneering work with Jock Kinneir designing the UK's road signage system.
2015 Ravi Naidoo South Africa Naidoo is the founder and managing director of Interactive Africa. In 1995, he founded Design Indaba, an annual international design conference in Cape Town.
2014 Michael Twyman UK In 1968, Twyman founded the department of typography and graphic communication at the University of Reading.
2013 Santiago Aránguiz Sánchez Chile Sánchez is the dean of the school of design at Universidad del Pacifico.
2012 Ezio Manzini Italy Manzini is a design researcher, writer, and educator.[2]
2011 Kumar Vyas India Vyas is a designer and educator.
2009 Judy Frater India, US Frater is the founder of the Kala Raksha school, dedicated to preserving and advancing Indian craft.
2008 Gonzalo Tassier Mexico Tassier is a graphic designer and publicity specialist from Mexico City.[3]
2007 Alison Chitty UK Chitty is a production designer and set and costume designer who has won an Olivier Award. She has collaborated with Mike Leigh, Francesca Zambello and Peter Hall.
2006 Geoffrey Kirk RDI UK Geoffrey Kirk is a designer who has worked for Rolls-Royce.
2005 David M. Kelley US Kelley is an American businessman, entrepreneur, designer, engineer and teacher. He is founder, chairman and managing partner of the design firm IDEO and a professor at Stanford University.
2004 Elaine Ostroff US In 1992, Ostroff established the Universal Design Education Project, an inter-varsity project in design. She introduced similar schemes to Europe and Asia.
2004 David Hamilton UK Hamilton was employed in the faculty of the Royal College of Art in the field of ceramic art.
2003 Christopher Frayling UK Frayling is a British educationalist and writer, and former rector of the Royal College of Art, known also for his studies of popular culture.
2002 Santiago Calatrava Spain Calatrava is a Spanish architect, sculptor and structural engineer.
2001 Yuri Soloviev Russia Soloviev was a Russian designer, editor and director of the Architecture and Art Bureau.
2000 Robert Godden RDI UK Godden was British designer prominent in the British design movements following World War II.
2000 Richard Guyatt UK Guyatt was a British graphic designer who played a key role in 20th century graphic design.
1999 Ettore Sottsass Hon RDI Italy Sottsass was an Italian architect and designer of the late 20th century.
1998 William Walsh Ireland Walsh was an important figure in design in Ireland from the early 1960s to the late 1980s.
1997 Alex Moulton RDI UK Moulton was a designer in the field of rubber suspension systems for cars and bicycles.
1995 Kenji Ekuan Japan Ekuan was a prominent Japanese designer who was head of Design for the World, the Japan Industrial Designers Association and the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design. He was a founding member of the group that became GK Design.
1993 Arthur Pulos US Pulos was an industrial designer, author and educator was chairman of the department of design at Syracuse University.
1993 Marianne Straub RDI UK Straub was a textile designer of the 1940s, 50s and 60s in Britain.
1991 David Pye UK Pye was a member of the faculty of the Royal College of Art.
1988 Peter Reyner Banham UK Banham was an English architectural critic and writer of the treatise Theory and Design in the First Machine Age (1960) and Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies. (1971)[4]
1986 Frank Height UK Height was an industrial designer and educator who was a member of the faculty of the Royal College of Art in the field of industrial design.
1985 Ashoke Chatterjee India From 1975 to 1985, Chatterjee was executive director of the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad.
1982 Max Bill Switzerland Bill was a Swiss architect, artist, painter, typeface designer, industrial designer and graphic designer.
1980 Serge Ivan Chermayeff Hon RDI US Chermayeff was a Russian born, British architect, industrial designer, writer and co-founder of the American Society of Planners and Architects.
1978 William Coldstream OBE UK Coldstream was a British realist painter and art teacher.


  1. ^ "Malcolm Garrett" Accessed 29 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Ezio Manzini on the Economics of Design for Social Innovation." Accessed 29 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Gonzalo Tassier, diseñando el objeto del objeto." Accessed date 29 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Reyner Banham, Architectural Critic, Dies at 66." New York Times. Accessed 20 April 2014.

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