Graduate Environmental Design at ArtCenter College of Design

Graduate Environmental Design at ArtCenter College of Design

October 28, 2019 1 By Stanley Isaacs


– Design right now is
needing to be more impactful. We have to look at psychologically
what are people thinking? What are the sound, the smell, the look, the lights, everything that’s so nuanced? It’s really about what sort of, where are you touching them emotionally? – The meaning of design is much deeper than just nice spaces. Is this really something where I can address a really
difficult subject matter and bring change about through design and through what I’m doing? – The ideas that we can introduce, you talk about the way that we think, this narrative scenographic
way that we think or this way of designing
from the inside out, really brings a completely
different level to design. – Our graduate program has
two very distinctive tracks. One is spatial experience and then we have the
furniture and fixtures side. I think what’s very unique
about both of our programs is that it’s really highly structured from an industry point of view. Understanding brand, understanding manufacturing, and what is the whole making
process for mass production? – [Rob] So design research in
the graduate level is huge. We tap sociology, psychology, engineering, architecture and interior design. We do this and it allows
us to go deeper into issues that we wouldn’t in undergraduate and develop our ideas further. – You’re not looking at
just the holistic approach to a space but how the space
activates the surrounding area and how it affects the
people who go into the space. – You need to make sure that everything that you’re putting out that interacts with a human
being needs to be curated because you’re trying to
evoke a particular emotion in a particular space. You constantly have to know about what’s happening in dining, what’s happening in retail, what’s happening in architecture, what’s happening in policy making. You’re constantly trying to incorporate so many things into your design and that’s why environmental
design is so powerful. – We really try to find
every specific strength and areas where we can help and do a very, very tailored education. And it’s for me very, very fascinating, especially in the grad program, to see because our students come from so many different
countries in the world. – [Teacher] We have a
very close relationship with all of our students. We’re a relatively small program. That allows us to tailor each
student’s interests and needs to the vision that they have coming in and we aim to broaden that vision. – I think being together
here as a community, learning a lot about each other., we’re always together, really brings that camaraderie. – [Apurv] Just knowing how they approach the same problem as I am, I think that’s something that I really try to
constantly look out for. – [Michael] Follow your heart
and do what you yearn for. If you create a space and it
has a certain influence on you, people can experience joy which trigger certain
emotions, certain feelings. This is an enormous gift. – I’ve watched students come in thinking they were one kind of designer and leaving completely someone new and they’ve truly blossomed
as people, as designers, and we’re immensely proud of them. – If you really talk to people who say, “You know, I really want
to be impactful to people.” Those are the folks that
show up on our doorstep. How do you create something
new and different for them and fresh for them? It takes a lot more openness and it takes a lot more effort
on the part of the creative but I think what comes
out on the other side is extremely inspirational.