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Director’s Message

Welcome to The Design School website.

We are engaged in a new paradigm for the teaching and research of design in the 21st century. Located within one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing universities and set in the context of one of the country’s most rapidly urbanizing metropolises, The Design School offers degrees in architecture, environmental design, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, urban design, and visual communication (graphic) design. Our school brings together all of these design disciplines, with one unified faculty, working together to create a new vision of how we educate the next generation of designers. We are the most comprehensive and collaborative design school in the country.

The Design School plays an important role within the context of the community it serves. As the largest professional design school in the region, we graduate future leaders in the design of the built environment whose work impacts the citizens and public realms of our rapidly urbanizing city. As a public professional school, we have a responsibility to contribute to the public good. Our success, and the success of our graduates, directly translates into a better future for the greater metropolitan area.

The Design School brings together the expertise of architecture, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, urban design, visual communication design, and environmental science. We create knowledge and design futures through the synthesis and collaboration of these fields of study. The school’s collaborative structure fosters innovation through the integration of expertise among academic units, university-based research, and practitioners. As part of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (and the larger ASU community), the school educates designers and fosters research in all scales of the built environment: local, regional, national, and international.

The school’s mission is to educate future designers to shape collaborations, synthesize complexity, and catalyze transformation for public good.


Craig Barton, Director

The Design School