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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.

Your visit to this website is a first step in crafting your education and career. That education and career will have a big impact on your life. It will shape how you think, who you meet, how you spend your time, where you live. It will be deeply rewarding and equally challenging. It will require the best you have to offer and enrich your life and the lives of those you serve.

The college is here to help you begin your journey in the design life. Our highly ranked programs not only teach professional excellence, but also help you learn important life skills, such as teamwork, collaboration, creative inquiry, crafting and making, and research. In short, you will learn to balance intuition with evidence as you design solutions to the confounding challenges we face.

We offer degrees in ArchitectureGraphic DesignIndustrial DesignArt + DesignLandscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, 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.

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

No matter what degree program you choose, our faculty and staff are here to support you and provide a safe place for you to experiment, learn from mistakes, and begin your life in design.

So once again, welcome and here’s to great design!

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

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“They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds.”

This #MLKDay, learn about the series of events hosted by the @NCState community - building on the work of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. 

Hear a lecture, add your voice to a conversation, view an exhibit or join a march: Link in bio.
✅ Week 1 - How’re y’all feeling?
Today we kicked off the new Duda Visiting Designer Program with @massdesigngroup.

The two-week program challenges architecture and landscape architecture students to reimagine how we design sites of memory and justice within Black communities throughout NC. 

This studio will explore NC’s complex history through the lens of racial justice, from the era of slavery to now. 

Worldwide, memory and history in built form—memorials, monuments, museums, street names, plaques, historic preservation markers—carry a responsibility to communicate complex histories and provide spaces for healing.

The construction of public memory lends weight to particular narratives, bringing us to ask: 

Who or what is deemed important? Whose voices are we hearing, and who is left out?

The goal of this new, special program is to answer these questions - then design the project approach, narrative, and ultimately a solution.

Teams will address these challenges and design memorials at three specific sites throughout NC:

📍 An extension of the Riverwalk in Wilmington which honors those who were enslaved.
📍 A tribute to desegregation on the site of the Royal Ice Cream Parlor in Durham. 
📍 A new memorial at the North Carolina State Capitol designed to replace the previously standing confederate monuments.

We’re looking forward to seeing the ideas, conversations and designs our students bring to the table over the next two weeks.

This opportunity would not exist without the professional guidance of MASS, and the financial support of Turan and Linda Duda.