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Dec 20, 2022 By Yasmin Spiro
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The Big Picture with Cheryl Durst: The future of design education
By Yasmin Spiro Dec 20, 2022
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Continuing our series, “The Big Picture with Cheryl Durst," IIDA EVP and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA caught up with Dean of IE School of Architecture and Design Martha Thorne for an inspirational dialogue on the current state of design education, and its vision for the future.


Exploring the ways in which design and the education models are shifting to be more holistic, Thorne shared that the programs at IE often combine studies in business, the environment, social justice and more, with the specific intention of broadening the lens of the courses of study. Design thinking applies to so many other practices, and there are other fields that can greatly inform design.

"I’m excited that we may learn something from COVID. We just want to go back and have everything the way it was. Well, you can never go back, you always must go forward. But going forward learning the lessons about the importance of the individual, the importance of our systems, the importance of the neighborhood, and seeing the connections between things such as health and space and appreciating professionals in different fields." - Martha Thorne

Durst and Thorne discussed the role of design in being a catalyst for change in terms of equity and social justice, and the ways that the places that we inhabit can contribute to, or diminish our overall health and well-being, and physiological states. The work being done by designers and educators today, is really imagining a new and exciting future.

"What’s been interesting is this shift in thinking about an interior space as monolithic, because I’m seeing more designers focus on that interior space as being part of a building, and that building being part of a neighborhood, and that neighborhood being part of a city. And thinking about interior space in the context of a larger whole." - Cheryl S. Durst


IE School of Architecture and Design seeks to redefine design education based on pedagogical and technological innovation, project-based learning and environmental responsibility. In an international and entrepreneurial environment, the IE School of Architecture and Design seeks to bridge the traditional gaps between academia and the professional world and to connect architecture and design with the broader society. To learn more about the IE School of Design and Architecture visit their site here.

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