Since the College of Art and Architecture was re-established as an independent College in October of 2005, we have been riding a wave of forward momentum that is incredibly exciting and shows no signs of abating. We exhibit works of art nationally and internationally. We lead the State of Idaho in outreach programs to benefit our local communities through our collaboration with other colleges within the University, as well as local governments and the private sector. We draw upon our individual strengths and use our collective brainpower to come up with concepts that are relevant and can be implemented.
Our vision is to lead the state and nation in producing interdisciplinary design that helps solve the complex challenges of 21st century society. We are living up to that challenge! Academia is changing rapidly – it is much more entrepreneurial than in the past. The College of Art & Architecture is unique because of our ability to bridge the traditional gap between the University and the private sector. For example, our work in Cascade, Idaho, is wonderful proof of the “new college.” Years after the old timber mill shut down, we are helping Cascade build a new economic vision through interdisciplinary design and collaboration. Our students looked at the deserted mill site on the banks of the Payette River and asked, “What could happen here?” As a result, the town of Cascade now has a pathway to a viable future. Future projects in Cascade will involve transportation planning, the health disciplines, business and other branches of learning at the University.
This college experience is relevant to the real world. What we do with our students at the College of Art & Architecture matters to our students, the professions, our communities and to the State of Idaho as a whole.
As a college, we are committed to immersing our students in the integration of art and design. We believe the skills and knowledge they acquire through working across disciplines will help them meet the challenges of the real world and thrive professionally. To help them achieve that goal, we’ve instituted the “bundled curricula,” a progressive learning model that emphasizes the integrated nature of the design disciplines and the visual arts.
Outreach to Idaho
As a land-grant university, our mission is to serve the people of Idaho. We achieve this by ensuring that our projects and programs are relevant to the needs of both small towns and urban areas where we live. We are deeply committed to the design process as a means to finding solutions. If we are going to fund education adequately in this state, then people must know that what we do is relevant.
We invite you to join us in our commitment and our vision. With your generosity, CAMPAIGN IDAHO: Inspiring Futures will ensure that we will provide for the next generation the continuing stream of opportunity that an excellent education affords.
Mark Elison Hoversten, FASLA, AICP
Dean, College of Art and Architecture