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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 & Experience 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.

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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For Latinx Heritage Month, @ncstatelaep graduate student Melissa Manjarrez Dominguez recalled her youth in Sinaloa, Mexico, her experiences facing anti-immigration legislation in Alabama, and her desire to create landscapes that are enriching and available to everyone.

Read about Melissa and her journey: link in bio