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May 7, 2019

Students Design, Build Sustainable Garden

In one semester, NC State College of Design landscape architecture students designed and built a sustainable landscape on campus. 

Pie A Professor

Apr 22, 2019

A Pie With A Purpose

NC State's chapter of AIAS funded a trip to the SouthQuad conference in Knoxville - and had a little fun along the way. 

Juhann Waller DDes student practitioner

Apr 11, 2019

Design to Address Stormwater Infrastructure Issues

Juhann Waller is pursuing his Doctor of Design degree with NC State in hopes of mitigating stormwater infrastructure issues that derail communities. 

Teresa Buckwalter NC State Design DDes student practitioner

Apr 11, 2019

DDes Student-Practitioner Expands Conversation about Climate Change

Teresa Buckwalter, an NC State Design Doctor of Design student practitioner, who is exploring solutions to "give landscape architects a way of talking and interacting with people and rural communities that value those places and those people and their insights." 

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Apr 10, 2019

New CIP for Grad Programs in Architecture and Graphic Design

NC State College of Design’s graduate degrees in architecture and graphic design now have a STEM designation through the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP). 

Kimberly Wicker, alumna from NC State College of Design

Apr 9, 2019

You Get Back What You Give

Kimberly Wicker received her MLA from NC State College of Design and has since remained loyal in giving of her time, talent, and passion for all things Raleigh NC and beyond. Owner of Coaly Design, Wicker understands the importance of designing for the future. 

GD symposium

Mar 30, 2019

Design on a Deadline

Graphic design seniors developed an interactive symposium, 'reACT: Mobilizing the Everyday,' as a way of designing an experience that would introduce the complex issue of design mobilities. 

Old Concord Road fencing CAT LYNX

Mar 7, 2019

The Nature of Public Art: Talent, Teamwork, and Time

Professor of Art + Design Chandra Cox spent 10-years designing and creating two light rail stations as part of Charlotte's CATS LYNX Blue Line (completed March 2018). 

Animation from Shelterin Sky

Feb 21, 2019

What Design Can Teach

Associate Professor of Art + Design Marc Russo is an innovative animator and storyteller. Learn about his current collaboration with 3-D animation to accompany a musical piece. 

Charles and Marjorie Flink Designlife Gala

Feb 7, 2019

Charles Flink to be recipient of NC State Watauga Medal

NC State College of Design is proud to announce that alumnus Charles A. Flink II, FASLA, has been chosen as a 2019 recipient of the esteemed Watauga Medal. 

Steve Kim-IBM Design Lead opening remarks

Feb 1, 2019

Enterprise Design Thinking For Community Good

Design it Forward is an interdisciplinary studio that exposes NC State students to enterprise design thinking use by IBM to solve problems for deserving nonprofits. 

mapping excersize with IBM

Jan 24, 2019

Increasing Accessibility with Machine Learning

Helen Armstrong's graduate graphic design studio at NC State Design collaborates with IBM Watson & IBM Accessibility to explore increased accessibility through machine learning. 

Clara May_800x400

Jan 19, 2019

The Process to Design Elbow

Clara May, a graphic design student, combined interests in design, music, photography, publication, and urban typography to produce, Elbow, a custom publication. 

Professor Tom Barrie AIA

Dec 18, 2018

Philanthropic Professor Supports the College

Professor of Architecture Tom Barrie has a passion for making a difference for his students and to support causes that matter. Barrie and his wife, Lisa, are philanthropic and generous in their support of NC State Design. 

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Dec 6, 2018

Inspiring Hope: Design Students Reimagine Heavily Polluted Superfund Site

Virginia Fall, MLA candidate, shares the value of interdisciplinary collaboration and how a City Design studio provided the opportunity to reimagine sustainable solutions for the Gowanus Canal Superfund site. 

Payam Tabrizian_800x450

Dec 6, 2018

Everyone is a Designer: Tangible Landscape Democratizes Design

Payam Tabrizian, PhD is using research and technology in the Geovisualization Lab to provide an open-source platform of research and data to change the way people experience and develop spaces and landscapes. 

Sam and Cameron Arc2Wear

Dec 3, 2018

Breaking the Mold: Architecture Students Bring Building Materials to the Runway

Showcasing a collection of angular, geometric wearables made from rigid building materials such as cement, poster board, and Plexiglas, the architecture student design team of Cameron Elliott [BEDA ’18] and… 

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Nov 30, 2018

Design Camp and TRIO Team up to Offer New Opportunities

NC State Design Lab partnered with TRIO to provide two high school students the opportunity to attend Design Camp and get exposure to the value of design and the types of career paths that are right for them. 

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Nov 9, 2018

Designing a Sustainable Food System

Mike Ortosky is pursuing his Doctor of Design degree at NC State Design with the intention of reimagining a sustainable food system to benefit the health of the environment, economy, and North Carolina communities and beyond. 

Racheal Haas

Nov 5, 2018

‘Design Family’ Helps Student in Need

Rachael Haas, graduate architecture students shared the value of the family-like atmosphere at NC State College of Design. The importance of feeling connected provided Haas with the financial support she needed. 

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Oct 30, 2018

Targeting a Dream Job

Rebecca Pezdek [BID '04] shares her designlife journey and ultimate dream job she has with Target as a lead industrial designer. 

The making of the DDes program

Oct 29, 2018

Launching the Doctor of Design Program: A Collaborative Journey

NC State College of Design launched the only online Doctor of Design program in the country. This flexibility is intended to converge technology, innovation, and academic rigor to create an effective program with a focus design investigation. Learn about the making of this program. 


Oct 26, 2018

Design Amidst Chaos

NC State Coastal Dynamics Design Lab is a trans-disciplinary research initiative that seeks to better understand, design for, and celebrate a positive change in coastal communities across the Mid-Atlantic. 

Top team NCMCA Award

Oct 22, 2018

Sigmon Memorial Scholarship Award 2018

The Sigmon Memorial Scholarship Award sponsored by North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association is an annual design competition for architecture students to explore masonry construction as part of ARC 432 Architectural Construction Systems course. 

Migeul Castellanos_800x450

Oct 16, 2018

Eduardo Catalano Scholarship Helps Latin American Student

Miguel Castellanos considers North Carolina his home since he moved here from Honduras with a Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program. Pursuing his graduate degree in Architecture at NC State Design, he received the Eduardo Catalano Architecture Scholarship to support him at a pivotal time. 

AJ Polanco_800x450

Oct 8, 2018

New DDes Program Caters to Student-Practitioners

This semester, the NC State College of Design launched the nation’s first blended learning Doctor of Design (DDes) program, combining the flexibility of an online learning environment with the traditional benefits… 

Maggie Snokes at Burts Bees

Sep 16, 2018

An Internship with Burt’s Bees

Maggie Snoke, a senior in Industrial Design, started interning with Burt’s Bees in Durham, North Carolina, this summer. A Q & A with Snokes on some insight into her experiences as a Research & Design Intern with the beauty and skincare company. 

Kayla Watson in NYC

Aug 27, 2018

A Summer Internship for Success

NC State Design student, Kayla Watson, spent the summer in NYC participating in an internship that has solidified her career path in graphic design. 

Carnige Hall

Aug 22, 2018

A Winning Start to College

Incoming NC State College of Design freshman Victoria Kern is an aspiring artist with several major awards to her credit including the 2018 National Medalist by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. 

Sheyda Livingston architecture graduate student working in Biennale studio

Jul 16, 2018

A New Perspective on Airport Design

A Q & A with architecture student Sheyda Livingston who shares her experience and excitement for taking Airport Design studio and exhibiting her work at the 2018 Venice Biennale. 

ClayVon Lowe NCSU Design alumnus

Jul 3, 2018

You Get Out What You Put In

NC State Design alumnus ClayVon Lowe shares his passion and path to becoming an industrial designer and the value of a positive attitude. 


Jun 19, 2018

DELTA’s College of Design Alumni Create and Share Experiences

DELTA’s New Media Development team includes several NC State alumni from the College of Design. We caught up with them to learn more about their experiences as students and how their backgrounds in design have impacted their creative work at DELTA. 

Emily Wise at Hasbro Headquarters

Jun 4, 2018

A Designer’s Experience: Q&A with Emily Wise

Though she only graduated a year ago, Emily Wise's [BID '17] professional career is already taking shape! We recently reached out to get some of Wise's reflections on her recent experiences and her time at the College of Design. 

Parisa Javani_Airports of the Future

May 21, 2018

The Airport of the Future

A Q&A with graduate architecture student Parisa Javani who, along with 10 other architecture students from NC State College of Design, will be heading to Venice to exhibit work at the 2018 Venice Biennale. They will be exhibiting at Palazzo Bembo through Nov. 2018 along with Fentress Architects. 

Cameron Westbrook-MArch graduate

May 12, 2018

Flexibility is Key to Successful Collaboration

Design students were invited to exhibit at the 2018 Venice Biennale at Palazzo Bembo in Italy. Students participated in Professor Wayne Place's Airport Design studio, in collaboration with Fentress Architects and Curtis Fentress. Cameron Westbrook shares his experience working towards the Biennale. 


May 8, 2018

Designing a Strong Future

With support from NC State’s Eduardo J. Catalano Scholarship, Joshua Putnam builds on a furniture-making foundation to achieve his longtime dream of becoming an architect. 

Lorraine Hotel in Memphis TN during MLK50

Apr 30, 2018

The Designer’s Responsibility

NC State Design graphic design students collaborate with the National Civil Rights Museum to develop a VR exhibition experience for the MLK50 celebration. 

Corey Dodd in Panama City

Apr 25, 2018

Shaping the Landscape of a Designlife

Corey Dodd forged his own path through the graduate landscape architecture program, in part through the gracious assistance of the Rodney Swink and Juanita Shearer-Swink Landscape Architecture Graduate Student Award. Now he's eager to put his passion for cultural and historic preservation into practice. 

Nick Lash iPAL candidate

Apr 13, 2018

iPAL Offers Faster Path to Architecture License

NC State is one of 21 schools nationwide to offer the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) program, established in 2015 to streamline the path of becoming a licensed architect. The program condenses the licensure process into a shorter timeframe than the traditional path. 

Kane Family photo

Apr 4, 2018

Giving to the College and Coastal Communities

Kevin Kane and Myra Kane, both alumni, have generously donated to NC State College of Design to further support the work of the Coastal Dynamics Design Lab (CDDL). The College has been an enabling factor in their lives and they feel good to give back in a way that will assist coastal communities in NC. 

Denver International Airport by Fentress Architects

Mar 30, 2018

A Passionate Leader

Curtis W Fentress is more than a global designer and architect; he is a passionate supporter of students and programs at NC State College of Design. Fentress Architects are collaborating with airport design studio where students get real-world exposure + experience. This studio will exhibit at 2018 Venice Biennale. 

VR and emerging technologies at NCSU College Design

Mar 23, 2018

Emerging Technologies Explored

Advance design studios intentionally push the boundaries of innovation, technology & research. Professor of Art + Design Patrick FitzGerald has found that this experiential “think and do” learning process delivers the best results for his students. Recently, FitzGerald led ADN 560 with AR, VR and mixed media for fun. 

Winners of Graduate Research Student Poster Symposium 2018 NC State

Mar 22, 2018

The 13th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium

NC State Design was represented by thirteen Graduate students at this year's Graduate Student Research Symposium. The event includes more than 200 graduate students from across the University. Each poster submission is judged by a team of faculty and showcases outstanding quality and diversity of graduate research. 

London bridge with student during study abroad

Mar 8, 2018

Endless Opportunities

A quick Q&A with NC State College of Design student, Samantha Bratzke who is living the #Designlife in London for her study abroad experience at the University of the Arts London. 

Ryan Williams at the Disney Theme Park

Mar 8, 2018

Ryan Williams shares his Disney Internship Experience

Ryan Williams, a graphic design senior, interned with the Disney College Program in Lake Buena Vista, FL. As part of the internship, he received a behind-the-scenes look at the Magic Kingdom and learned how to use his design skills in a job that wasn’t design related. 

Katie Gray Altman student at NC State Design

Feb 19, 2018

Leaving her Mark

Industrial design major Katie-Gray Altmann has exemplified “think and do” throughout her time at NC State, and there is no doubt that she will have left her mark on the University. 

student collaboration

Feb 13, 2018

Design Students Make Science Accessible

A collaboration between the College of Design and the College of Sciences is part of a multidisciplinary initiative aimed at interpreting complex scientific ideas with design, known as The Leading Strand. 

Porch 800×450

Feb 2, 2018

Alumni Team Wins Global Architecture Competition

Sarah Dickerson and Jessica Braverman, two NC State Design alumni, were part of a team recently awarded first place in the 15th annual Perkins+Will Global Design Competition. The Global Design Competition is an internal Perkins+Will challenge created to engage young design professionals throughout the firm’s 20 international offices and to encourage provocative and imaginative design. 

Secondary Packaging design

Feb 2, 2018

Rethinking the Box

Graphic Designs students in GD 400 studio (Advanced Graphic Design Studio) were challenged to develop customizable secondary packaging through a collaborative partnership with Sealed Air. Thinking beyond traditional design to re-imagine and improve the experience. 


Jan 30, 2018

Designing the Car of the Future

NC State students from across disciplines have partnered up by way of SolarPack, a multidisciplinary student club developed to design and build a solar car. SolarPack is made of five subteams including: design, powertrain, electrical, chassis, and business.