Following our 40th Anniversary celebration in 2018, we took a year’s break to consider the restructuring of our Committee and procedures. In April 2020 we were pleased to announce a move to a new home at Imperial College, London and we are now administered by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.
We are pleased to confirm that awards will be given for 2020. With the ongoing uncertainty of the Coronavirus Pandemic, however, we are mindful that planning events for this year is problematic, so the Awards Ceremony is to be postponed until early 2021.
Nominations for the Medal and the Award will be accepted at any time up until September 2020.
The Sir Misha Black Medal
for Distinguished Services to Design Education
Nominations for the Sir Misha Black Medal are welcomed from those with knowledge and appreciation of the value of design education. The Medal is awarded to an individual, from any country in the world, for his or her Distinguished Services to Design Education. The words ‘education’ and ‘design’ are interpreted in their widest meaning.
The Sir Misha Black Award
for Innovation in Design Education
Nominations for the Sir Misha Black Award are also being accepted now. The Award is confined to educational organisations within the United Kingdom. It is open to individuals, teams, or combined schools working within educational establishments, where innovation has been the key to the development of new thinking which has led to demonstrable improvement in the education of designers.
Nominations for either award are accepted from:
• educational institutions and organisations; educators; academics
• practitioners in any field of design
• professional bodies and institutions representing designers and educators
• commentators, critics, writers and observers
• communities, specific interest groups, local and national public representatives, individuals
Nomination Forms
Nomination Forms for both the Medal and the Award are available from this page. Please click on either of the links at the right of the page to download.

— Please fully download and fill in offline before submitting form.
Completed Nomination Forms should be sent by email to:

Nominations Procedure