Rebecca Ford, Design Programme Manager at RSA
Founded in 1754 by William Shipley, the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) believe that ‘all human beings have creative capacities’ that can be ‘mobilised to deliver a 21st Century enlightenment’. The RSA uses their prowess to share ideas, carry out research, and build networks and opportunities to enrich society.
Rebecca manages the annual RSA Student Design Awards, which aims to challenge emerging designers by giving them a brief that focuses on pressing social issues. Before her connection with the RSA, Rebecca was Project Lead at Bold Creative, a youth innovation agency. In addition to this, she holds an MSc in Social Anthropology from UCL.
Passionate about the RSA cause, Rebecca had this to say about AUB Human and its relation to the RSA:
“AUB Human is all about looking at big complex global issues and how students might play a role in that, and that’s exactly what we do with the RSA Student Design Awards.
It’s a really exciting time to be a designer right now because now design is being recognised as a really powerful tool in the social innovation world… As a designer, you have all these different career avenues available to you.”
(Rebecca Ford’s AUB Human interview)