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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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Brian Stone Publishes New Research on Electric Grid Failure

The New York Times covered new research from Brian Stone on combined heat waves and power outages. Stone's research was published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology and is the result of a five year study of heat risk during critical infrastructure failures.

The study finds that millions of residents across large U.S. cities are at risk of heat illness or death from a concurrent heat wave and blackout event. It also finds that major blackouts have increased by more than 60% over the last five years in the U.S.

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Linking Transportation, Housing, & Health in Infrastructure

Catherine Ross Tells U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee How to Redesign

Catherine Ross, director of the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development, discussed central issues about transportation and equity in an engaging conversation with members of the House Committee on Appropriations Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee.

The Eastman Symposium

Join the Digital Building Laboratory, colleagues, and alumni from around the world as we celebrate Chuck Eastman and the legacy of his work in Building Information Modeling. The Eastman Symposium will be held on Thursday, May 13, 2021, starting at 13:00 GMT (8:00 a.m. US EST) and will run uninterrupted for 24 hours. In keeping with the global impact of Professor Eastman’s work, the individual sessions will be chaired by experts from around the world.

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Industrial Design Student Wins InVenture Prize

Aya Ayoubi’s unique garment, the Delta Jacket, took home top honors at Georgia Tech’s 13th annual InVenture Prize competition, which pits student innovations head-to-head. Ayoubi is a fourth-year industrial design student.

Ayoubi’s Delta Jacket won the $20,000 first-place prize and a free U.S. patent filing from Georgia Tech valued at $20,000. She also took home the People’s Choice Award which came with an additional $5,000.

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.

Humanitarian Design: Jasmine Burton

The Structural Feasibility of a Gingerbread House

Entrepreneur Mixes ID, Architecture

Teaching Design in the Time of Covid-19

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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Clio Andris Selected for NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor for City and Regional Planning and Interactive Computing Clio Andris was chosen to receive the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award. Her proposal is called, “A Research and Educational Framework for Incorporating Spatial Heterogeneity into Social Network Analysis.”

First Place: Segulharpa

The Segulharpa, created by Ulfur Hansson, has won the First Place prize in the 2021 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition. New and unique among electro-acoustic instruments, this large circular walnut instrument holds 25 steel strings, which are "bowed" by powerful magnetic fields. Touch sensors are embedded into the grain of the wood, and as the player touches the surface, wonderfully complex interactions are created inside. 

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Dean French to Step Down

Steven French, dean of the College of Design, has announced that he will step down as dean July 31, returning to teaching and research in the School of City and Regional Planning.

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
+1 404-385-0693