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Design Excellence

The Design Excellence Exhibition is a display of student projects and occurs twice throughout the academic year. The fall Design Excellence exhibition is on display from February and runs until March. The spring Design Excellence Exhibition is on display from June and runs throughout the summer until September. Each semester faculty nominate up to three students from each studio (second, third and fourth year studios at undergraduate level along with the graduate level studios) to present their projects displayed on a 2ft x 6ft poster in the Design Excellence Exhibition.

Green Roofs in Hot Arid Climates

Green roofs are living systems designed to provide multiple ecological and resource benefits. Municipalities in the United States and abroad are using green roofs to enhance urban sustainability. Yet, they have not been widely researched in arid climates. This research fills that gap in our knowledge by using a case-control research design to quantify the performance of green roofs in hot arid urban climates. The green roof study is a ten-month (from June 2015 – March 2016) pilot on the Design School roof at ASU to quantify the ecological services of green roofs in hot arid environments.

Studio Nights

Studio Nights is an annual event held within The Design School where local design professionals are invited into the student studio. This event allows our graduate students enrolled in a studio-based degree the opportunity to network and make connections with local firms to assist them in securing an internship for the summer, which is a program requirement. 

Cluster Project

“When the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” 

The Interdisciplinary Cluster Competition is an annual competition held within The Design School that fosters cross-disciplinary collaboration among our junior students, providing students an opportunity to apply knowledge, gained in the studio, to solve real-life design projects. 

Design electives

Add creativity to your college experience with a Herberger Institute class.
Art, dance, design, music and theatre and film classes are available to all ASU students this fall in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Several courses fulfill CS, HU or L general studies designations and awareness area requirements for C, G or H.

Whatever your interests, the Herberger Institute has the classes that fit your needs!

SHADE / Solar Decathlon Project

SHADE: Solar Homes Adapted for Desert Equilibrium is a prototype designed and constructed for the U.S. Department of Energy's 2013 Solar Decathlon, a biannual International Competition for net-zero homes built with integrated photovoltaics and other sustainable features and technologies. SHADE employs a number of passive design strategies - self-shading, ventilated facade, optimal volume and orientation - along with a number of sustainable technologies - radiant cooling, phase change materials, and energy recovery to respond to our extreme, urbanized Sonoran Desert environment.