The Sir Misha Black Awards Committee has awarded the 2016 Award for Innovation in Design Education to AUB for its innovative approach to design teaching.

AUB received special recognition for the creation of The Gallery and for commissioning the first purpose built Drawing Studio in the UK for over 100 years. The Award was presented at a ceremony held at the Royal College of Art in London last night.

The Award was inaugurated in 1998 to recognise those who, by contributing to the theory and/or practice of Design Education in the UK through innovation and vision, have ensured the education of designers has been measurably improved and the profile of design education enhanced.

Professor Malcolm Garrett, Deputy Master of the RSA Royal Designers, who represents the Faculty of Royal Designers on the Awards Committee has said: “Drawing is fundamental to every aspect of design and creativity. It is the original common denominator of all creative expression and the universal tool which links study and communication of thought.

In this age of rapid technological progress and dependence on remote systems, development of drawing skills enhances the ability of the student designer and budding artist to give first expression to their concepts and ideas.

This is why this building, inspiring in itself, is both innovative and fundamental to the betterment of the education of the designers today”.

Vice Chancellor and Principal, Professor Stuart Bartholomew commented: “AUB is deeply honoured by the decision of the Sir Misha Black Awards Committee to present us with the 2016 Award for Innovation in Design Education.

We believe that our long tradition of specialist education in arts and design continues to contribute to the success of UK creative industries and international recognition for the quality of innovative design.”