2011 Sir Misha Black Award awarded to Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice at London College of Communication

26 January 2011
London (United Kingdom) - The Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education for 2011 has been awarded to Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP) at the University of the Arts. The Award will be presented to the directors of CRiSAP, Dr Cathy Lane and Dr Angus Carlyle, at a special ceremony on 8 March 2011, at the Royal College of Art.

London (United Kingdom) - The Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education for 2011 has been awarded to Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP) at the University of the Arts. The Award will be presented to the directors of CRiSAP, Dr Cathy Lane and Dr Angus Carlyle, at a special ceremony on 8 March 2011, at the Royal College of Art.


The Award for Innovation was inaugurated in 1999 in order to provide recognition for those who, by contributing to the theory and/ or practice of Design Education in the United Kingdom, have made an innovative leap whereby the education of designers has been measurably improved and the profile of design education raised. In the rapidly changing world of industry, science, commerce and communication, the discipline of design must be active in serving fast moving, changing markets, social, cultural and environmental needs. 



It recognises the achievements of those whose work has helped to expand traditional definitions of design into wholly new areas of practice. CRiSAP is a research centre dedicated to the exploration of the rich complexities of sound as an artistic practice. Its primary aim is to extend the development of the emerging disciplinary field of sound arts and to encourage the broadening and deepening of the discursive context in which sound arts is practised. The research conducted by members of CRiSAP has contributed towards the development of sound art and design as an emerging area of academic study and creative practice.


The value of CRiSAP's work has been recognised through the funding it has received from the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Wellcome Trust and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. CRiSAP staff have produced edited books and monographs, CD compilations, curated and contributed to gallery and online exhibitions and have organised conferences and symposia. These activities have all helped towards the increasing recognition of the emerging discipline of sound arts and design within a recognisable and accessible scholarly framework.


Students have worked on collaborative projects with University of Kent radio students, Royal College of Art animation students, Circus Space and the London Sinfonietta. CRiSAP has endeavoured to extend its innovation outside the UK, and has co-produced symposia in Zurich  (2009) and Aix-en-Provence (2010) as well as  an evening of performances at the Gallus Theatre in Frankfurt. It has also developed a rewarding relationship with the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore that has led to artists' residencies, workshops, student and staff exchanges.

About the Award

The Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education was instituted in 1998 alongside the Sir Misha Black Memorial Medal for Distinguished Services to Design Education. The decision to create an additional award was in response to changes in Design Education since 1978. The Award is presented to: "Design educators in the UK who contribute to the development of design education through innovative teaching, course design or the relationship between education and professional practice: and to recognise innovation and achievement in the developing culture of design education".

Previous Recipients

  • Professor Norman McNally, Glasgow School of Art, (inaugural year)
  • Professor Roger Coleman, Royal College of Art
  • Dr Paul Ewing, Imperial College
  • Professor Ken Wallace, Cambridge University
  • Professor Adrian Forty, Bartlett, University College London
  • Jane McCann, University of Derby
  • 2006: The Design Against Crime Research Centre, University of the Arts, London
  • 2007: Coventry University School of Art & Design, Department of Industrial Design
  • 2009: Professor Tony Dunne, Royal College of Art
The Sir Misha Black Medal was established in 1978 and the 2011 Medal will be presented to Professor H Kumar Vyas, founder of the Faculty of Industrial Design at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India. The Medal will be presented at the same time as the 2011 Innovation in Design Education Award.

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