The Design & Industries Association (DIA) was founded in 1915 by designers, businessmen and industrialists to changed the way products were designed and perceived by the public. The DIA brings together a community of members that includes distinguished and knowledgeable designers, businesses and individuals, whose aim is to make products better, both functionally and visually. It also organises visits, events, competitions, bursaries and maintains the DIA Trust.
The College of Medallists comprises the recipients of the Sir Misha Black Medal for Distinguished Services to Design Education. Elevation to the College is effective on presentation of the Medal and the position is held for life. The College thus brings together a distinguished international group of men and women, each of whom has made an outstanding contribution to design education. Members of the College have, not only fulfilled their professional obligations extraordinarily well but have accomplished extraordinary work in visionary ways. The College was established in 2000 when Professor David Hamilton was Chairman of the Awards Committee.
The Royal College of Art (RCA) is a public research university specialising in art and design in London. It is a wholly postgraduate institution that was first founded as the Government School of Design in 1837, and later the National Art Training School. It has had university status since 1967. The objectives of the college, as described by its Royal Charter, are to advance learning, knowledge and professional competence in the fields of art and design and their relation to industrial and commercial processes and social developments, through teaching, research and collaboration with industry and commerce.
The title Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) was introduced by the RSA in 1936 to honour designers of excellence and promote the important contribution of design in manufacturing and industry. The RDI award is the highest accolade for designers in the UK and is conferred to those who have shown sustained design excellence, work of aesthetic value and significant benefit to society. The Faculty is comprised of prestigious, leading-edge designers of all disciplines including engineering, graphics, interaction, product, furniture, fashion, textiles, theatre and film design.
The Royal Academy of Engineering brings together the most successful and talented engineers from across the engineering sectors in the UK, in order to advance and promote excellence in engineering. The Academy was founded in 1976 as the Fellowship of Engineering with support from Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who became the first Senior Fellow. The Academy’s activities are focused on positioning engineering at the heart of society through encouragement and support for entrepreneurial and innovative developments, nurturing engineering education, advising on government policy, inspiring new generations of engineers and leading the engineering profession.