Professor Catherine McDermott will receive the 2016 Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education for establishing the University’s MA in Curating Contemporary Design. It comes only a year after Catherine also won a 2015 National Teaching Fellowship.
Professor McDermott founded the course in partnership with the Design Museum after identifying a growing need for curation professionals. “There was nobody who could curate or respond to design – there was a huge gap in the curation profession that needed to be addressed“, Professor McDermott said.
The Sir Misha Black Awards honour exceptional individuals and institutions within design education with the aim of highlighting the crucial importance of their work in the industrial, commercial and cultural life of the country.