Apple’s chief design officer, Jony Ive, is one of the most individuals recognized for his contributions towards building the identity of Apple as a brand. It is now synonymous with a sleek design and immense trust, thanks to the aforementioned person, who designed the legendary iMac followed by the iPhone and iPad, you so dearly love.
As announced today, Jony Ive has been appointed chancellor of the Royal College of Art (RCA), which has been ranked as the best university for art and studies for the past three years. It hosts around 900 students each year and they’ll now be able to reach out to one of the leading design visionaries of our generation for advice — at least on certain occasions.
In an official statement, Ive talks about the honor he has granted with this role. He mentions that the unpaid position of chancellor formalizes his relationship with the college, which has been an inspiration for some of the most prominent artists and designers of today’s time. Ive further goes on to mention:
Our design team includes many RCA alumni, who embody the fundamental values of the college. I look forward to advising both the college and students, hoping that my experience proves useful in their work.
As per his appointment agreement, Ive, who is also a British man, will be appointment as chancellor for a five-year term. He will be responsible for presiding over meetings and helping govern the working of the college. He has already been linked to London-based RCA once previously when he was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2009. He also has other accolades to his name, such as CBE in 2006 and a KBE in 2012, along with those from both Oxford and Cambridge Universities, reports Business Insider.
Commenting on his appointment to the position, Paul Thompson, rector of the Royal College of Art said:
It is a great honour to be joined by the world’s leading designer of his generation, who has produced consistently innovative and commercially successful technology and design. As chancellor, Jony embodies the RCA’s ideals of technology and design excellence, inspiring students and staff, and enabling us to educate the next generation of world-leading artists and designers