Professor Gonzalo Tassier, Mexican teacher of design, is to be awarded the 2008 Sir Misha Black Medal for distinguished services to design education.
The prize will be awarded on 5 March at a special ceremony to be held at the Royal College of Art. Following the presentation, Tassier will deliver a speech on his design and education philosophy and speak about his career as teacher and designer.
Tassier is also president of communication design consultancy Retorno Tassier, which has numerous Mexican and international companies as clients. Focusing on graphic and industrial design, he has lectured at various universities and colleges throughout Mexico including Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.
Tassier joins a list of Sir Misha Black Medal winners that include Alison Chitty, director of the Motley School of Theatre Design, who won last year, Sir Christopher Frayling and Ettore Sottsass.
The Sir Misha Black Medal for distinguished services to design education was set up in 1978 as a memorial to Sir Misha Black, designer and teacher, following his death in 1977.