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RSA-US Student Design Awards (SDA-US) is an awards program to inspire collaborative, multidisciplinary design-led social change which connects design students and faculty with industry needs.

This program is open only to undergraduate students currently enrolled in colleges and universities in the United States.

Who are we?
The RSA in the United States (RSA-US) is an affiliate of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) founded in London, 1754. The RSA Student Design Awards celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. There are more than 27,000 RSA Fellows around the world, a diverse and powerful network of innovators from all walks of life.

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Why?
“It is a pivotal moment in the field of socially responsible design. More than ever, design professionals are involved in projects that have a social impact. Student enrollment in educational programs for social innovation is growing exponentially.”  Bill Moggridge, RSA Royal Designer for Industry, co-founder of IDEO and Director, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

Bill Moggridge RDI, (1943 – 2012) believed in encouraging and improving design education and was an enthusiastic supporter of the RSA-US Student Design Awards. The first Bill Moggridge Award for Multi-Disciplinary Design Excellence was presented by his wife, Karin, at our 2014 ceremony.