Alison Chitty, director of the Motley School of Theatre Design, has been awarded the 2007 Sir Misha Black Medal, while the Industrial Design department at the Coventry University School of Art & Design has won the Innovation in Design Education Award. Both prizes will be awarded on 20 March.
Chitty has been director at the school, the only independent postgraduate school of theatre design in the world, since 2000. Its stage design programme includes set, lighting and costume design and accepts students from diverse backgrounds, including architecture, engineering and archaeology.
Along with her contribution to the education and development of designers, Chitty has production designed several Mike Leigh films, including Secrets and Lies, and acted as a consultant to the design of theatre buildings and theatre productions. Chitty joins a list of Sir Misha Black medal winners that include Sir Christopher Frayling and Ettore Sottsass.
According to judges, the Department of Industrial Design in Coventry has become internationally recognised as a leading centre for product design and the award acknowledges the quality of the courses and graduates it produces.
The Sir Misha Black Medal was established in 1978, while the Innovation in Design Education Award was set up in 1998.