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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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Lying ahead of Leazar Hall is Mary Yarbrough Court, named after the first woman to complete a graduate program at NC State. It's also one of the nine Hallowed Places on NC State University's campus.

Celebrate #NCStateRedWhite Week with us by sharing your favorite extraordinary place at the CoD! 🔴 ⚪
The Green New Deal Superstudio is a national conversation about how the framework of the Green New Deal can be translated into actual projects and where, as a matter of priority these projects should take place, what will they look like, who will they serve, and how will they roll out.

On February 7th, 2019, Representative @aoc (NY-14) and Senator 
@edmarkey (MA) introduced H.R. 109, a non-binding resolution “Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.” In it, they provide a framework for a “10-year national mobilization” that calls on Congress to pass legislation that builds resiliency against climate change-related disasters, repairs and upgrades the infrastructure of the U.S.

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (@lafoundation) in association with the Weitzman School of Design McHarg Center, the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes, the American Society of Landscape Architects (@ncasla_landarch), and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (@thecelaofficial) invited designers to be part of a historic, national initiative to translate the core goals of the Green New Deal—decarbonization, justice, and jobs—into design and planning projects for their respective regions.

📷 The Parker District : A Case for Permaculture Principles as Urban Design Solutions project by Angela Kealey Rainey, Avery Barlett-Golden and Julia Needham. @ncstatelaep
Art + Design Lecturer Adrienne McKenzie was a finalist in the Open Fashion category of the 2020 @handandlocklondon exhibition. Adrienne’s work will be displayed in the Bargehouse Oxo Tower in London as part of Fiberarts International 2022. 

Presented by the Fiberarts Guild and recognized around the world as a benchmark documenting trends and innovations in the field, the goal of the exhibition is to include work rooted in traditional fiber materials, structure, processes and history, as well as art that explores unexpected relationships between fiber and other disciplines.

Taking place from November 3-7, the Embroidered Arts Exhibition showcases the most exciting cutting edge, contemporary and historic embroidered arts from around the world. From military uniforms to protest banners, interior design and couture fashion, embroidery permeates every aspect of our culture. Discover the story of the skilled embroiderers whose expertise brings beauty and precision to the material world.

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