Universities honour designers

Three designers are to receive honorary doctorates next year for services to industry.


Three designers are to receive honorary doctorates next year for services to industry.


The University of Kingston is to award its former School of Design graduates Jasper Morrison and James Irvine with honorary doctorates, in recognition of their major international contribution to design. The awards will be delivered in March 2007 at a ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London.


The decision to award the doctorates has been taken by the university’s incoming Dean of Art, Design and Architecture Simon Ofield, who replaced Deyan Sudjic in the role late this summer after Sudjic took up the post of Design Museum director (DW 31 August). According to Professor Catherine McDermott, who heads Kingston University’s MA Curating Contemporary Design course, Ofield is looking to ‘re-energise the faculty’ through initiatives such as honouring successful alumni.


Separately, Peta Levi, founder of The Design Trust and Design Nation, is being awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy by London Metropolitan University. In 2005, The Design Trust was merged with the university’s Creative Industries Unit and relocated to the London Met’s premises.

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