(UK) – Mark Major RDI has assumed the role of Master of the Faculty of Royal Designers for Industry, announced by the Royal Society of Arts at a ceremony on 28 November 2019.
Major was made an RDI in 2012 for his ‘innovative use of light to create public space’ and is hugely honoured to have been appointed to this prestigious position in the design community, which recognises the widening and evolving scope of design professions that have both aesthetic value and are of benefit to society.
He views the role as a great opportunity to act as an ambassador for the architectural lighting design profession, and to promote the importance of socially and environment responsible design and design education.
Commenting on his election, Major was keen to highlight the importance of the recognition of his profession and to emphasise the role of social and environmental responsibility in lighting design.
“I am hugely honoured to have been elected to the role of Master, not least because it allows me to act as an ambassador for what can still be considered a nascent design profession – architectural lighting. In this sense, my appointment recognises the widening and evolving scope of design professions that have both aesthetic value and are of benefit to society.
“Lighting impacts everyone, and it has always been a major focus of my work to improve the quality of light for people within the urban environment. I am excited to have the opportunity to continue my work with the Royal Society of Arts to promote the importance of socially and environmentally responsible design and design education.”
Royal Designer for Industry is a distinction established by the RSA in 1936, to encourage a high standard of design and enhance the status of designers. It is awarded to people who have achieved ‘sustained excellence in aesthetic and efficient design for industry’. Only a maximum of 200 designers may hold the distinction at any time and it is regarded as the highest design honour to be obtained in the United Kingdom and includes a diverse range of design disciplines.