Jony Ive, the Brit who has risen to become Apple's chief design officer, has been appointed chancellor of the Royal College of Art (RCA).
He will take up the role in July and replace British engineer Sir James Dyson.
"I am thrilled to formalise my relationship with the RCA, given the profound influence the college has had on so many of the artists and designers that I admire," Ive said in a statement.
"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."
Ive has led the Apple design team since 2006 and he is responsible for the look and feel of Apple's entire product line (iPhone, iPod, iPad, MacBook and Apple Watch) as well as major architectural projects like the company's new Apple Park HQ in California.