Design Museum on the defensive

The Design Museum is standing by its decision to name Design Council director Hilary Cottam as Designer of the Year and has defended her credentials, following accusations in Sunday’s Observer that she had little involvement with one of her key nominated

Hilary Cottam

The Design Museum is standing by its decision to name Design Council director Hilary Cottam as Designer of the Year and has defended her credentials, following accusations in Sunday’s Observer that she had little involvement with one of her key nominated projects.

The article suggested that Cottam, who heads the Design Council’s Red Team think-tank, was wrong to take credit for the regeneration of south-east London school Kingsdale. But the museum maintains her role was made completely clear throughout the judging.

Cottam’s £25 000 award sparked a flurry of protest among some designers, who do not regard the Design Council strategist as a fully-fledged designer.

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