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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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Jack Portman

1948 -2020

John C. “Jack” Portman, III earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Georgia Tech in 1971 and practiced architecture for 47 years with Portman Architects. For the past three years, he served as the firm's Chairman and CEO. He pioneered their groundbreaking entry into China in the 1980s, including Shanghai Center, the first major development by a Western architect in China. 

Jack created the Portman Prize Studio Competition, inspiring our students for more than 20 years to stretch their design skills and imagine a more vibrant Atlanta. Each year, outstanding architects come to Georgia Tech to participate in the Portman Prize competition as well as teach extraordinary studio experiences to our students. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends and colleagues. Jack will be sorely missed.

-- Steven P. French, Dean and John Portman Chair
Image courtesy of Portman Architects.

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

The vision of the Cognitive Empowerment Program is to revolutionize the experience of people affected by Mild Cognitive Impairment.

Request for Seed Grant Pre-Proposals

The Cognitive Empowerment Program's Innovation Accelerator is offering seed grants to support research.
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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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Handbook of Int'l Planning Education

Our Dean, Associate Dean for Research, and two school chairs edited this first-ever book.
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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