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Mark Elison Hoversten

From the Dean

Find out what it means to live a life of design by exploring our website.

You are likely in the process of selecting the college or university that will provide you the education, experience, and opportunities that fit your interests and needs as you pursue a career in design. This is an exciting time, and I believe you will find our programs, faculty, and curriculum to be rewarding, innovative, and interdisciplinary.

We offer degrees in ArchitectureGraphic DesignIndustrial DesignArt + DesignLandscape Architecture, and Design Studies and have focused applications in the built environment, product design, textile and fiber design, user experience, animation and multimedia, as well as creative practice through the exploration of mediums, composition, and storytelling. All ideas start with design thinking, which is a process that takes a human-centered approach to problem-solving, and it is the foundation for an education in a broad range of disciplines that encourage students to explore beyond the expected.

Our Strategic Plan

We spur creativity, balance data with intuition, embrace ambiguity, and generate prototypes that shape the world. We teach students through coursework, community engagement, scholarship, and our example as designers. In all our activities, we develop the designer’s perception, knowledge, skills and problem-solving abilities to prepare students for successful careers—and lives.

See how we Design for Life 
College of Design Strategic Plan

If you are thinking about studying design, and if you are curious about what it means to live a life of design, this is a great place to be. NC State is a major university that will give you the opportunity to study design in a context that is complimented by sciences, engineering, textiles, humanities, and culture. We live in a dynamic part of the world – Raleigh, NC – in the heart of RTP (Research Triangle Park), where exploration into innovation goes beyond anything that you or I can imagine. And designers are a key part of that.

Through the first-year experience, the process of design thinking and ideation, collaborative and sponsored studios—you will participate as a designer in innovation as it addresses the needs of our society here at the NC State College of Design.

Mark Elison Hoversten, PhD, FASLA, FCELA, AICP, Assoc. AIA

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Ryan Tevebaugh’s [B.Arch ‘10] of @dowbuilt rec Ryan Tevebaugh’s [B.Arch ‘10] of @dowbuilt recently worked on this Hawaiian family retreat along with @olsonkundig.

This 17,200-square-foot family retreat on Hawaii’s Big Island takes the form of several canopy-like pavilions dispersed around the site, linked by elevated wooden lanais and a series of gardens. 

Hale Lana, which translates to “floating home,” appears to hover over the site’s lava fields and dense gardens. The home takes a position at the ecotone line between the heavily landscaped area and the expansive ocean views which stretch to Haleakalā volcano on nearby Maui.

Thank you @designboom and @archdaily for sharing!
Photo: Nic Lehoux
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Say hello to our new Department Head of Art + Desi Say hello to our new Department Head of Art + Design, Derek Ham!

In addition to his appointment, Ham serves as the principal investigator for the multi-disciplinary MX Reality Lab, which works to create impactful changes in the user experience of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality technologies. Students from graphic design, industrial design, computer science, and electrical and electronics engineering explore opportunities for commercialization and wide adoptive use of VR/AR technology.

Ham's research interest spans the areas of game-based learning, algorithmic thinking, and digital fabrication/making. In his work, he continues to investigate both virtual reality and augmented realty technology to find ways these tools can expand the possibilities of interaction design. 

Before joining the faculty in the College of Design, Derek has taught at MIT’s School of Architecture, Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD), and the Rhode Island School of Design.
Melissa Henao-Robledo, ASLA, is the Landscape Form Melissa Henao-Robledo, ASLA, is the Landscape Forms Business Development Representative for Central and South Texas and a graduate of the MLA program at the College of Design. 

She is the Texas ASLA Chair of the Committee on Student Organizations. 

She has participated in National ASLA Diversity Summits and has served as the Chair for the Central Texas ASLA and the AIA Austin Latinos in Architecture.

In this article for The Dirt, Melissa recounts her experiences as a first-generation Latina in the field of landscape architecture, and shares insight into how design industries can become more inclusive.

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