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Design, the Georgia Tech Way

Design, the Georgia Tech Way

We think it's important to understand how technology enables better design, and how to fuse that technology into buildings, products, lifestyles, cities, regions, and even healthcare.

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Charles "Chuck" Eastman

1940 - 2020

On Monday, November 9, 2020, Charles Eastman, the “Father of Building Information Modeling” and beloved professor, passed away peacefully at his home.

He was known industry-wide as an originator of computer-aided design (CAD) and building information modeling (BIM). He joined Georgia Tech in 1996, and through professorships in the School of Architecture and the School of Interactive Computing, he put Georgia Tech at the forefront of computing-aided architecture and design. He founded the Georgia Tech Digital Building Lab and directed the Ph.D. in Architecture program from 2000-2008.

Professor Eastman’s legacy is seen in our Architecture programs and in his students who are now leaders in industry and universities around the world. As an influential professor, he mentored hundreds of students at Georgia Tech, UCLA, and Carnegie Mellon.

Introducing the 2021 Guthman Competition Finalists

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Photo credit: School of Music/Gleam

The competition has begun, and we want you to be a judge. 

For this year's virtual competition, our selection committee has chosen 29 finalists from 15 different countries. We encourage you to vote for your favorite instruments from this gallery of videos. The instrument earning the most votes will receive one of our prizes and a commission.

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Home for the Holidays: Know the Travel Risks Before You Go

As Covid-19 outbreaks surge in several states, the choice to see family this holiday season gets more complicated by the day. Thankfully, Georgia Tech developed a tool that can help estimate the potential risk of exposure.

“Think of our research and the risk assessment tool like a weather map. We aren’t telling you to get your umbrella or to stay inside, but we are telling you that outside it is raining," said Clio Andris.

The Dean's Forum

Steven French, the Dean and John Portman Chair of the College of Design, has a unique view of the design process. As a dean at Georgia Tech, he sees new technologies and research earlier than most of his peers. As the head of a design college, he oversees the incorporation of technology into traditional design disciplines. Watch the videos below to learn more about the Georgia Tech design perspective, as Dean French talks about topics that matter to our students, faculty, and researchers.

Teaching Design in the Time of Covid-19

Entrepreneur Mixes ID, Architecture

Majors and Degrees

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Undergraduate Programs

Our bachelor of science degrees combine creativity, collaboration, and technology.
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Graduate Programs

Our graduate students use design to solve real-world problems and develop new technologies.
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Degrees and Certificates

A full list of the College of Design degrees, minors, and certificates.

Design Research

Our six research centers focus on a range of crucial issues, many of which impact our daily lives. Our topics include the development of cities and regions, the healthcare environment, helping those with physical limitations, and new ways to create music.

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CDC Foundation, CIDI Battle Covid-19 with Accessibility

Following health and public safety orders during a pandemic is especially difficult for more than 61 million Americans who navigate life with a disability. They require access and support at home, at work, at school, within their community, and while traveling. To that end, the CDC Foundation awarded a contract to the Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation (CIDI) to help assess, develop, and produce accessible emergency materials in response to COVID-19.

Latest News

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Alumnus Builds a Multi-Million Dollar Business

Sean Warner chose to major in Building Construction because he thought it would help his business succeed.
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Facility Management Program Now ABET Accredited

With ABET, the accreditation prepares students to enter a global workforce.
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HPB Lab Awarded $1.4M From DOE

Lab to develop building envelope diagnostics, modeling.
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CMT Prosthetic Drum Arm Wins Guinness

Drummer uses CMT technology to win a Guinness World Record.
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Architecture Students Win First Prize

Our students won the HERE + NOW international student design competition.
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Design Geeks Out About Fan Conventions

Faculty and students from our Schools and Research Centers analyze Dragon Con.
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SimTigrate’s Research Published by CDC

The lab's design of biocontainment units is in use at two Atlanta hospitals.
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The Board of Regents of Georgia granted the degree STEM-accreditation.

Media Inquiries

Ann Hoevel
Director of Communications
College of Design
E-mail Ann Hoevel
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