On Friday morning last week, (14th February), I had the tremendous privilege of receiving an Honorary Doctor of Arts from the University of Brighton for services to design. I was presented to the audience of around 1000 under and post-graduates by Professor Jonathan Woodham, (right in picture), Director of the Centre for Research and Development and received my scroll from the University’s Chair of Governors, Lord Mogg of Queen’s Park.
In my acceptance speech having congratulated all present for their own considerable achievements, I said, “It gives me a profound sense of gratitude that my work in design and, in a very real sense, the support and contribution of all those I have worked with over so many years, in BEDA, with client companies and in design promotion organisations around the world, - all of us trying to create a better future for society through design - has been recognised in this way. It is very humbling.”
It was a very remarkable day with great kindness and hospitality shown by the University - including a luncheon in the Grand Pavillion with my own guests.
The University published its own note on its webiste here