The University of Oxford conferred honorary degrees on nine “distinguished figures” at the annual Encaenia ceremony on June 22, including Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive. Here’s what the institution had to say about him:
“Sir Jonathan Ive is Chief Design Officer of Apple Inc and designer of the iMac, PowerBook, iBook, iPod, iPhone, iPad, AppleWatch and MacBook. Six of his products appear in the permanent collections of New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). In 2012, he received San Francisco MoMA's Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2013 he was awarded a gold Blue Peter Badge. His others accolades include an Inaugural Medal (1999) and Benjamin Franklin Medal (2004) of the Royal Society of Arts, the Design Museum London's first Designer of the Year award (2003), the Design and Art Direction (D&AD) President's Award and the Royal Academy of Engineering's President's Medal (both 2005), and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s Product Design Award (2007). In 2012, D&AD named Sir Jonathan's team at Apple the Best Design Studio of the past 50 years. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.”
This isn’t the first award for the design guru. Earlier this month the University of Cambridge awarded him an honorary doctorate for his work at Apple. Ive was one of seven individuals recognized by the prestigious university for being at the top of their fields.