2008 was the 9th year of this mentored inclusive design programme. There were 25 finalists from ten different RCA art and design departments.
This annual awards scheme aimed to encourage second year RCA students to engage particular ‘users’ while they design and develop designs that can improve people’s lives. All the projects responded to one design brief:
'Develop an architecture, design or communication project that addresses a social issue or engages with a particular social group or engages with a particular social group in order to improve independence, mobility, health, working life or sustainable community development.'
During the ten-month development period, shortlisted students were lead through a three-stage process to experience and explore how to design inclusively. The Awards were:
- Big Idea Award for Inclusive Communication
- CABE Award for Inclusive Environment
- Factory Design Award for Inclusive Design Process
- GMW Award for Sustainable Community
- Help the Aged Award for Independent Living
- Michael Peters Award for Multi-disciplinary Collaboration
- Helen Hamlyn Award for Creativity
- Snowdon Award for Disability Projects