Student Work

Nine of Taliesin West’s Most Iconic Student Shelters

The student-designed desert shelters at Taliesin West, which began in 1938 with John Lautner's lean-to and continue today, provide a window into architecture's evolving relationship with the natural environment.

The student-designed desert shelters at Taliesin West, which began in 1938 with John Lautner’s lean-to and continue today, provide a window into architecture’s evolving relationship with the natural environment.

Can Design Help Solve Our “Wicked” Problem of Waste?

We can start by teaching design students to make the connection between abstract concepts, the design process, and environmental impact.

We have a wicked problem. As a society we waste an awful lot of materials. Consider, for instance, the sheer volume of packaging that hits the recycling bin after we open cheap consumer electronics and then replace them in rapid succession, and discard easily. Yes, we can recycle, but we’re still using a lot of raw materials when we don’t…

Stand-out Students: 7 Graduate Projects That Point the Way Future

These students are traversing disciplinary boundaries, and stepping out of the cocooned world of the design school to take on some heavy challenges.

We picked seven absolutely stellar graduating projects from design schools around the world for the round-up in our July/August issue, but we found many more that were equally worthy of our attention. Graduate students in industrial design, architecture, and communication design are traversing disciplinary boundaries, and stepping out of the cocooned world of the design school to take on some…

Q&A: Jerry Helling on the “Real” Issues Young Designers Face

For the better part of a decade, the Bernhardt Design creative director has been a tireless supporter of aspiring designers.

For the better part of a decade, Jerry Helling has been a tireless supporter of young designers. Some of those efforts, I suspect, were born of frustration. In his role as president and creative director at Bernhardt Design, he’s experienced first-hand the disconnect between the dreams and visions of novice designers and the sometimes brutal realities of the marketplace. Helling…