Royal Society of Arts Student Design Awards

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Good Luck to our MA Interior Architecture and Design student, Chung Hang Chiu (Jason), who will be in London next week for the finals of the prestigious Royal Society of Arts Design Awards. Jason has been selected from over 300 global entries, and is competing with students from Brunel University, Salzburg University and the University of Nottingham, amongst others.

The RSA Student Design awards are known as the ‘world’s longest running design competition’, and run globally, inviting students to focus on solutions to pressing, real world, contemporary issues and challenges.



Jason’s project focuses on the brief ‘Eat, Share, Live’ and proposes solution to the pragmatic, and social, aspects of kitchen use across multiple contexts.  His proposal offers a dynamic review of how we interpret and understand kitchen spaces, leading to a proposed ‘self-assembled’ kitchen designed to encourage greater social interaction, meet sustainable needs, and be easily available and deployable for use in disaster relief zones. Jason noted inclusivity and sustainability as key concepts that motivated and informed his final design.

The RSA project was set as a live brief during his second semester as part of the new MA Interior Architecture and Design programme. During his studies Jason initially attended an RSA workshop in Dundee, led by kitchen designer Johnny Gray, and then attended a Skype session with the RSA to learn more about the Royal Society of Arts and the brief. During the development of the project Jason also collaborated in Dubai with the Dubai cohort of the programme, in gathering feedback and views on his proposal. Upon his return from Dubai Jason then worked with lecturers to improve and enhance his project, leading to its submission and then shortlisting.


Jason is now due to attend the final interview in early May having been invited to London, as just one of nine final shortlists,  Should he win Jason would then win an industry award, from one of the project sponsors, which includes ‘The office for disability issues’, ‘AEG’, and ‘Symphony’ amongst others.

Being shortlisted in itself is a major achievement, and we wish Jason all the best for his final interview.


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