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Apr 19, 2024

NC State Creatives: Ashtyn Thomas

To first-year architecture student Ashtyn Thomas, design represents possibility and opportunity. In addition to celebrating her Lumbee identity and community, she is using her passion to design spaces that provide economic stability, cultural enrichment and resilience for indigenous communities throughout North Carolina.

A photo of a student with Český Krumlov in the background

Apr 19, 2024

Meet Rheanna Murray

Program/Term: Spring Classic, 2023 Major/College: Graphic Design, College of Design Rheanna’s passion for design and eagerness to study abroad to keep up with the family tradition has taken her all…

Demarcus Williams does the Wolfie in the Free Expression Tunnel

Apr 15, 2024

Designing an Inclusive College Experience

For College of Design alumnus Demarcus Williams. giving back is about helping current and future students have the same experience or one that’s even better.

Wolf Plaza

Apr 12, 2024

2023-24 University Teaching Awards Announced

NC State has honored 40 faculty for their commitment to educational excellence with the 2023-24 University Teaching Awards. Award recipients were recognized at a University Teaching Awards Luncheon and Ceremony on Thursday, April 11 at the Dorothy and Roy Park Alumni Center.

Portrait of Melissa Manjarrez Dominguez

Apr 11, 2024

Unity Through Design: Q&A with Melissa Manjarrez Dominguez

Raised in the heart of a community ravaged by cartel fighting, Melissa Manjarrez Dominguez witnessed firsthand the spread of violence and fear. Yet, amid the chaos, she also observed something remarkable – the power of certain spaces to bring people together, offering respite from the turmoil and fostering unity.

Professor Tom Barrie

Apr 8, 2024

Tom Barrie Wins University’s Highest Honor 

Professor of Architecture Thomas Barrie is a recipient of the university’s highest honor for faculty, the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence. The award is bestowed by the NC State Board of Trustees and recognizes members of the faculty whose careers have demonstrated outstanding achievement and sustained impact in research, teaching or extension and engagement. 

2024 Graduate Student Research Symposium winners

Apr 5, 2024

Winners Named for 2024 Graduate Research Symposium

Nearly 200 NC State graduate students presented their research projects during the 17th annual Graduate Student Research Symposium, 27 top performers awarded.

Holladay medal

Apr 3, 2024

Four Faculty Win Holladay Medal

Four faculty members received the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by NC State and the university’s Board of Trustees. Chancellor Randy Woodson will recognize the awardees during the Celebration of Faculty Excellence on April 30.

portrait of Blair Richardson

Apr 2, 2024

NC State Alum Bridges Cultures through Graphic Design

Harnessing her creativity in design and typography, Blair Richardson, a graduate of the graphic design program at NC State, has connected cultures worldwide throughout her successful career. She has lent her design and typography skills to countless clients and projects, from cookbooks to museum exhibitions.

M. Elen Deming receives Forster Ndubisi Professional Service Award at the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) from incoming president Dr. Jun-Hyun Kim. Photo credit: CELA/Dongying Li.

Apr 1, 2024

M. Elen Deming Honored for Exceptional Service to CELA and LAF

Educator and researcher M. Elen Deming was presented with the Forster Ndubisi Professional Service Award at the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Dinner on March 22, 2024.

Teaser image for The Student Publication, vol. 40

Mar 27, 2024

Artificial Apotheosis: The Student Publication, Volume 40

This year’s Student Publication, volume 40, explores the intersection of design and spirituality. Editor Steven Nohren dove headfirst into editing the publication as a design studies student, returning full-time after taking a sabbatical during the pandemic. Now, he’s attending talks on AI and approaching professionals to contribute to one of the college’s oldest print media. 

Erin Secosky and Bhavana Veeravalli with GDUSA logo

Mar 8, 2024

Two Graphic Design Students Featured in GDUSA’s Students to Watch

Graphic Design students Erin Secosky and Bhavana Veeravalli were recently featured as part of GDUSA’s 2024 “Students to Watch” list.

Matthew Peterson in scale worlds visualization

Mar 5, 2024

Matthew Peterson named University Faculty Scholar

Matthew Peterson is an associate professor of graphic & experience design and one of 22 educators institution-wide chosen as part of the 2023-2024 NC State University Faculty Scholars cohort. The program, begun in 2012 by Chancellor Randy Woodson, recognizes and rewards emerging academic leaders who demonstrate significant academic achievement. Once selected, faculty carry the title for the duration of their appointment.

Brandon Johnson standing on the green of Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Golf Course.

Feb 28, 2024

A Groundbreaking Designer’s NC State Roots

Brandon Johnson has known what he wanted to do for a career since he spent a good part of his seventh-grade English class doodling golf course designs on his blue-lined notebook paper. When he came to NC State in the fall of 1992, he told advisor Art Rice his goal was to create golf courses, which…

“South Durham Food Cooperative,” collage. The Morehead Hill and the Black Hayti communities in southern Durham have been historically divided by inequitable practices of displacement, exclusion, and segregation. This material culture collage explores the layered relationships between the site’s natural environment, systematic and unjust building practices through time, and the disproportionate burdens on the historically disinvested Black community. While the demographics of these neighborhoods have largely evolved and are ever-changing, the lingering effects of these divisive layers and physical barriers perpetuate the segregation of the two communities that share boundaries with the site. © Noelle Robinson.

Feb 27, 2024

Noelle Robinson Wins Robert. L. Wesley Award

School of Architecture student Noelle Robinson was one of five students to win the 2024 SOM Foundation's Robert L. Wesley Award. With her win, Noelle will receive a $10,000 award in addition to a yearlong mentorship program that connects the students with leading BIPOC practitioners and educators.

Feb 21, 2024

Discover the Power of Design Thinking

Aspiring designers arrive at the College of Design with diverse dreams and leave prepared to bring the values of design thinking to their communities and careers.

The Longleaf Hotel Illustration, Raleigh, NC.

Feb 8, 2024

Reshaping Raleigh: Environmental Designer Brings Iconic Spaces to Life

Alumnus Joshua Gajownik '04 thought he wanted to be an aerospace engineer. Now, 20 years on, the College of Design graduate is a successful practicing environmental designer. He touches every single detail of the properties he works on, from the branding to the furniture selections, even down to the in-room art.

Meg Calkins Headshot

Jan 31, 2024

LAF Fellowship Spotlight: Meg Calkins on a Material Shift

About 90% of a constructed site’s carbon footprint comes from the materials used to build it. If landscape architects really want to reduce the carbon footprint of their work, they need to radically rethink not just materials selection but also material assemblies and the types structures they design. This is Meg Calkins’ message to the discipline and the focus of her 2023-24 LAF Fellowship.

Jan 26, 2024

MLA Student Shabnam Mohammadzadeh Receives Dean’s Wings on Wings Award

As part of the fall 2023 commencement ceremony, Dean Mark Hoversten recognized an exceptional student for their performance in the classroom and service to the college with the Dean’s Award for Outstanding College Citizenship and Academic Excellence, known as the Wings on Wings award.

Dare Coulter in front of book illustration

Jan 25, 2024

Alumna Dare Coulter wins 2024 Coretta Scott King Book Award

Alumna Dare Coulter [Art + Design '15], illustrator of “An American Story,” is one of two winners of the 2024 Coretta Scott King Book Awards honoring African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults.

3 different Interface designs for scenario videos

Jan 25, 2024

How can A.I. Transform Voice Language Analysis?

Master of Graphic & Experience Design (MGXD) students collaborated with the Laboratory of Analytic Sciences (LAS) here at NC State to explore the potential of machine learning to assist in voice language analysis tasks.

Traces: Palmovka Jewish Center and Library Maggie Kroening - North Carolina State University

Jan 17, 2024

NC State Students and Alumni Win Numerous AIANC Design Awards

Each year, the American Institute of Architects North Carolina Chapter (AIANC) recognizes design that exceeds the benchmarks for outstanding architectural design, structural composition and application of design theory. Over 140 projects were submitted to this year's program, with 24 awarded. The College of Design at NC State University had numerous winners recognized, including five student entries, AIA NC Educator of the Year, and the F. Carter Williams Gold Medalist.

Jan 11, 2024

LAS Announces 2024 Collaborators

The Laboratory for Analytic Sciences at NC State University will provide research funding to 22 faculty collaborators representing 11 academic institutions as well as six industry organizations this year. Collaborators will…

Portrait of Lesley-Ann Noel holding her recently published book, "Design Social Change."

Jan 10, 2024

Q&A: Lesley-Ann Noel on Her New Book, “Design Social Change”

Assistant Professor Lesley-Ann Noel's recently-published book, titled "Design Social Change" was written as a guide for topics, mindsets and principles that designers can use to drive the way they think about change. We talked with Dr. Noel about the book's mission and inspiration.

"Invisibility" - Proof of concept from Ashley Anderson's research.

Dec 12, 2023

Breaking the Stereotype: Using AI to Support Diversity in STEM

Ashley Anderson's research looks at why there aren't as many Black students earning degrees in STEM fields, and is looking at how generative AI can be used a tool to foster diversity and belonging.

Dec 7, 2023

Alum Featured In New Exhibition at MoMA-NYC

NC State graduate Ralph Knowles' dedication to environmentalism through architecture has helped influence dozens of works on display at the new Museum of Modern Art Exhibit, "Emerging Ecologies."

Students with Professor Boone as part of the Just Communities Lab

Nov 29, 2023

New Just Communities Lab Advocates for Environmental Justice

Kofi Boone, a professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, has formed a new lab at NC State that uses design and planning as a tool to address environmental justice concerns.

Weatherly Reeves Intro Card

Nov 9, 2023

NC State Creatives: Weatherly Reeves

Weatherly is a sophomore in Design Studies, and she believes design is an avenue to tell stories that uplift others. She recently illustrated her first book which tells the story of a young Andy Griffith.

students Diego Renau and Amore Allen showcase their work during DesignBlok.

Nov 7, 2023

An International Footprint: Celebrating Prague’s Past and Future

The College of Design brought its 75th anniversary celebration to Prague to connect with past alumni of the program and discuss the future of its global footprint. During five days in early October, College of Design alumni, NC State University leadership, and current study abroad students were able to connect around DesignBlok, the largest design and fashion expo in Central and Eastern Europe. 

Ashtyn Thomas, Miss Lumbee 2023, looks over her shoulder at the camera while wearing the Miss Lumbee crown.

Nov 1, 2023

Representing an Amalgamation of Peoples

As Miss Lumbee 2023, first-year architecture student Ashtyn Thomas represents her people as an ambassador working to educate the North Carolina community and beyond about Lumbee pride and heritage.

NC State graduate Matt McConnell with his "Evolution Field" sculpture in the NC State Brickyard.

Oct 31, 2023

NC State Alum Matt McConnell’s ‘Evolution Field’ Featured in Brickyard

NC State students, faculty and staff and interested passersby on Hillsborough Street will notice a mesmerizing blend of light and color in the Brickyard over the next three months.  Three sets…

Fall 2023 paper project presentation

Oct 13, 2023

Exploring Connection through Paper Form

This year's First Year Experience Paper project was all about connection - the connections we make with others, with our surroundings, and with ourselves. First-year students in the College of Design were tasked with creating a wearable or inhabitable structure that examines how we related to one another. Pieces created by the students were meant to raise awareness of interpersonal relationships in new and nuance ways, and were primarily constructed using paper or fiber with minimal fasteners, adhesives or support.

Aerial view of Centennial Campus, with the oval-shaped green space in the middle of a block of buildings

Oct 12, 2023

The Oval Becomes NC State’s Newest Hallowed Place

The Oval was selected as NC State’s 10th Hallowed Place because of its historical significance to the original design of Centennial Campus.

Missouri River in July 1993. Image: Washington University at St. Louis.

Oct 10, 2023

Turning the Tide

What can be done to reduce the negative effects of disasters and to reduce the likelihood of future disasters occurring in the first place? Hazard mitigation involves taking actions to reduce the vulnerability of communities to the damaging effects of natural hazards and disasters. Gavin Smith, professor of landscape architecture and environmental planning, is assisting local jurisdictions, states, and national governments in addressing this vexing issue.

Carol Wilson Studio

Oct 3, 2023

First Speaker Named for Architecture Endowed Lecture Series 

Carol Wilson, a two-time NC State alumna, has been announced as the first speaker for a new architecture lecture series endowed in honor of Roger Clark.  Wilson is an architect based in Maine. She owns a small firm that primarily focuses on residential work, and her creativity can be seen in buildings as far as New York and Soho. 

Sketchbook showcasing work from Sean MacKay.

Sep 29, 2023

2023 Shawcroft Prize Winners Announced

Four students were awarded prizes for their work. Submissions are judged based on students’ use of hand drawing skills in the categories of the design process, documentation and analysis, and presentation.

Student aspire award winner from Kinsley Stevens

Sep 28, 2023

Students win 2023 Aspire Awards

Six student teams won 2023 AIA Aspire Awards celebrating outstanding design and improves the quality of the built environment. AIA Aspire is a collection of the state chapters of Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Students head to class in front of Leazar Hall. PHOTO BY ROGER WINSTEAD

Sep 19, 2023

NC State University Foundation Awards Four Grants to College of Design

Thanks to philanthropic support from the foundation, the College of Design is poised to implement or expand several new programs in the 2023-2024 fiscal year.

Title card for NC State Creatives feature of Danny Garrett

Sep 8, 2023

NC State Creatives: Danny Garrett

As a former Marine, Danny is using his time in the MAAS program to research factors that contribute to veteran homelessness and suicide. Ultimately, he aims to design a sustainable, supportive, community-based housing typology that pinpoints the specific needs of veterans.

Sep 7, 2023

Landscape Architecture Students, Faculty Win National ASLA Awards

Students and faculty were recognized as winners of the national ASLA award competition, with four student projects and one faculty-led project receiving awards. In addition, two faculty were recognized: Chuck Flink won the LaGasse Medal and Emily McCoy was elevated to fellow.

Portrait of Emily Burdo outside with sunflowers

Aug 29, 2023

Q&A | Emily Burdo on Embedded Counseling at the College of Design

Emily Burdo, LCSW, has taken on the role of a full-time embedded counselor at the College of Design. In her new capacity within the college, Burdo's primary objective is to establish an inviting environment for personalized emotional support. Additionally, she aims to equip students with the necessary resources to explore various avenues of mental health assistance.


Aug 23, 2023

NC State Named Finalist for 2023 C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) named North Carolina State University a regional winner of the 2023 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Scholarship Award. As a winner, NC State will compete for the national C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship award, which will be announced in November.  The award recognizes the work of NC State’s Coastal…

Loddie D. Bryan, Jr. [BLA ‘57] arranges a model in a photographic model box, circa 1956.

Jul 12, 2023

Landscape Architecture: An Early History

The landscape architecture program saw many successes in the early years as part of the School of Design. The program, accredited in 1951, was one of the first two accredited programs in the American South. Landscape art and gardening have been taught at NC State since the 180s, but the formal program wasn't developed until 1911.

Mary Hauser prepares for the Halloween Bash at the College of Design alongside fellow students.

Jul 7, 2023

Back to the Pack: Mary Hauser

Mary Hauser is the Associate Director and Registrar at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design. Hauser earned her Bachelor of Industrial Design in 2001, and her Master of Industrial Design in 2004 at the College of Design. She shared her story from her time as a student to her time with NC State as a professional in the second installment of Back to the Pack.

master of graphic and experience design student works on computer

Jul 6, 2023

Ready for the Turning Point

In the century since the term was coined, graphic design has continued to redefine itself in the face of both technological and cultural changes – whether that’s the birth of the desktop computer in the early nineties or the emergence of artificial intelligence image generators like DALL-E in the early 2020s. As such, graphic design at NC State has also been one of continual redefinition, at the forefront of emerging practices.

Susan Toplikar with her husband, Mike Cindric in 1996. Photo courtesy Design Dimension.

Jun 30, 2023

A Continuing Legacy: Susan Toplikar Fund Connects Students to Professionals

Through a fund named after one of the College of Design's most missed instructors, students are gaining the opportunity to build new meaningful relationships with professionals across the Triangle.

Kristen Schaffer flips through the archives as part of the NC State Libraries special collections

Jun 29, 2023

Sifting Through the Past

Associate Professor of Architecture Kristen Schaffer shares her experience of sorting through the archives as part of the research related to the College of Design's 75th anniversary.

Portrait of Luna Vanaman in front of Leazar Hall at NC State.

Jun 23, 2023

Back to the Pack: Luna Vanaman

Luna Vanaman earned her Bachelor of Industrial Design from the College of Design in 2000, and currently works as the lead interactive media producer for NC State University's Communications Office. She shared her story from her time as a student to her time with NC State as a professional as part of our new series, Back to the Pack.

Henry Kamphoefner with students

Jun 23, 2023

A Driving Force

From its founding in 1948 to the present day, each dean of the College of Design has left a mark.

Virtual Tour Screenshot

Jun 21, 2023

DELTA VR Tours Compliment College of Design’s 75th Anniversary Celebration

DELTA and the College of Design teamed up to create virtual tours of the entire building to showcase the current facilities and projects students are working on this year. These tours are being used to engage with alumni as part of the yearlong 75th anniversary celebration as well as for recruitment and admissions promotions.