The following are the values that The Design School aspires to work by:
Socially embedded and sustainable
The Design School fulfills ASU’s promise to leverage our place and transform society through community engaged teaching, research and creative activities. We celebrate the complex histories that surround us, are experts in sustainable techniques, and are contextually responsive and embrace the intuitive knowledge of a place to build social good and a more sustainable world. Our work embraces the power of design to partner with communities to transform society in positive ways, making visible impacts and building social awareness.
Innovative and impactful
The Design School lives up to the promise of ASU’s innovative mission by being creative, driven, agile and pioneering in design education. Our optimistic and inquisitive attitude balances innovation and tradition with progressive and forward-thinking curriculum, research and creativity practice.
Excellent and interdisciplinary
The Design School provides excellent disciplinary teaching in design fundamentals, and nurture interdisciplinary teaching, research, scholarship and creative activities. These future-facing activities are informed by the history of design and advance a collective body of interdisciplinary knowledge across ASU and the design field through a variety of partnerships and collaborations both inside and outside the school.
Collaborative and student centered
The Design School is a collaborative, teamwork based environment, that emphasizes unity and working together. Clear communication and flexibility with different working styles are valued. We work together to empower students to learn and succeed, delivering excellent service by creating a collaborative supportive environment.
Respectful and collegial
The Design School is a respectful and collegial environment in all interactions (in person and online). Faculty and staff are accommodating, empathetic and have respect for other people’s viewpoints, cultural backgrounds and schedules.
Equitable and inclusive
The Design School is an open and equitable environment that is inclusive and values and encourages diversity. Fairness is paramount and impartial decisions are made with respect to gender, race, age, physical ability, sexual orientation and other forms of diversity.
Transparent and accountable
The Design School faculty and staff will work with integrity, transparency and be accountable to the students, design professions, the University and world. We are committed to be reliable and responsive to our constituents, working with rigor and trust to explore ethical solutions to problems.