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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

The College of Design educates students to become innovators and thought leaders while creating a community for designers, researchers, scholars and practitioners. Our vision is to pursue excellence in design education, scholarship and engagement to empower a more just, healthy, resilient, flourishing and sustainable future.

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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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Alumnus Turan Duda, FAIA [B.Arch. ’76] is the recipient of the 2022 College of Design Distinguished Alumni Award.

As an internationally renowned architect, Turan has designed notable regional, national and international projects including the North Carolina State University Talley Student Union, 405 Colorado in Austin, the Center for Health & Wellbeing in Winter Park, Florida, and Ikon Tower in Monterrey, Mexico.

“Turan Duda is the epitome of a successful graduate of the College of Design, and has spent his professional career both engaging with and giving back to his alma mater,” says Dean Mark Hoversten, PhD, FASLA, AICP. “He is a firm advocate for the placemaking ability of architecture, and has designed many notable structures both nationally and internationally. His work is driven to reshape the built environment to meet the demands of today’s communities.”

At the College of Design, Turan serves on the Leaders Council, and supports current students and recent graduates through generous gifts and programs such as the Linda and Turan Duda Visiting Designer program, the Linda and Turan Duda Traveling Fellowship, and the Duda|Paine Architects Fellowship Fund.

Most recently, in 2022 the college was able to bring MASS Design Group to campus as part of its new Duda Visiting Designer Program – an interdisciplinary, two-week intensive program that engages students in addressing the compelling questions of today while working hand in hand with leading designers.

Turan continues to give back to the college by providing professional development opportunities for students and recent graduates, hosting networking open houses, creating summer internships, and hiring recent graduates to work at his firm.

Turan has been recognized for his contributions to the profession: as a Fellow of the AIA in 2012, and as a recipient of the F. Carter Williams Gold Medal from AIA NC in 2021. His firm, Duda|Paine was named Architect Magazine’s Top 50 Firms in Business in 2017.