Design Education

Overhauling Interior Design Education Across the U.S.

Although Shashi Caan should be applauded for her concern about these issues, it is disingenuous of her to imply that “there isn’t a serious research-based or masters-level [Interior Design] program.” [“Why Shashi Caan Is Overhauling Interior Design Education”] She might…

What Non-Traditional Design Education Can Teach Us

Institutions of higher learning offer rich opportunities to explore the underlying concepts of design. However, these institutions do not necessarily expose students to ideas outside the mainstream curricula. This lack of innovation is partially due to the physical and administrative…

Ethical Design Education: Confessions of a Sixties Idealist

From the newly published book Citizen Designer: Perspectives on Design Responsibility, edited by Steven Heller and Véronique Vienne. “Sustainability is not my issue,” protests one senior, a student in Parsons’ product design department. She’s presenting her term paper on a…

Design Education

Most articles on the subject start with a simple, almost knee-jerk, premise: education is “in crisis.” We hear about it most when it’s most troubled. Design education is different. It is specialized and diffuse: some programs are cutting-edge, others are…

Design Education: A Weapon for Money, Power

Thank you for keeping a clear voice for design and its future. About the question on your September 2003 cover [on sustainable design education], whether we can “still teach it all in just four years,” the answer, as it always…