Apple’s senior vice president of industrial design Jonathan Ive will receive an honorary doctorate from the UK’s Royal College of Art (RCA) tomorrow.

Tonight (June 30, 2009) he is the guest of honour at a select dinner hosted at the RCA.

iMac designer Ive will deliver a speech at the RCA’s themed “Innovation Night”.

The event is not open to the press or public.

Known to be attending are Rory Cellan-Jones, the BBC's technology correspondent; Gregor Rae, Chairman and co-founder of BusinessLab; Cisco’s Director of Customer Experience Clive Grinyer; and "entrepreneur, tech-enthusiast & evangelist, seed investor and consultant" Pascal Finette (who says on Twitter that he may have been invited "by accident").

Former toilet designer Ive was born in Chingford, Essex, England, in 1967. As well as the iMac he has won awards for his innovative designs of the aluminium and titanium PowerBook G4, MacBook, unibody MacBook Pro, iPod and iPhone.

Employee and friend of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Ive was the winner of the London Design Museum's inaugural Designer of the Year award in 2002, and won again in 2003. He was listed in the 2006 New Years Honours list, receiving a CBE, for services to the design industry.

Graduates of the RCA, the world's only postgraduate art and design school, include architect David Adjaye, artists David Hockney and Tracey Emin, film director Ridley Scott (director of Apple’s legendary ‘1984’ commercial for the launch of the Macintosh) and vacuum man James Dyson

Outgoing RCA rector Professor Sir Christopher Frayling and sculptor Tony Cragg are similarly honoured tomorrow, reports Distorted Loop.

Wolff Olins co-founder Michael Wolff and Professor Frank Height will also both receive senior RCA fellowships.

Interior designer Victoria Conran, wife of Terence, will receive an honorary fellowship.