kb-network    News 07 Sep 2017
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Kitchen Industry giants back prestigious RSA student design awards

The prestigious annual Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Student Design Awards is partnering with TKET (The Kitchen Education Trust) alongside support from industry sponsors AEG, Symphony, Blanco, Kessebohmer, the Office for Disability Issues and the National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA), to launch a competition brief Eat, Share, Live.

To recognise the value of good design in the kitchen industry the RSA Student Design Awards, a global curriculum and annual competition for higher education students and recent graduates, is to challenge emerging designers to tackle a design brief focused on pressing social, environmental and economic issues. This year the brief, Eat, Share, Live, developed in consultation with NICA and Newcastle University’s Professor Peter Gore, will focus on designing an ‘inclusive, accessible and multi generation kitchen space or kitchen component that works well for all ages, as well as for disabled and non-disabled family members. Working closely with NICA Design Ambassador, Johnny Grey, who is also Visiting Professor Foundation Degree in Kitchen Design at Buckinghamshire New University (BNU), TKET and industry partners to develop the brief, the RSA help colleges and universities embed them in their curricula, and support participants through workshops and mentoring. Winners are rewarded with cash prizes, paid industry placements, complementary RSA Fellowship and a range of other benefits to kick-start their careers.

NICA Design Ambassador, Johnny Grey commented; “This is a good moment to be involved with kitchen design – it’s finally being recognised as a serious subject for study, as the partnership between TKET, industry sponsors, NICA and the widely respected RSA design challenge demonstrates.”

The RSA | thersa.org