UI Design Futures Symposium Weaves Imagination, Impact, and Possibility

Thursday, March 20 2014

MOSCOW, Idaho – The highly anticipated, daylong symposium, Inspiring Design Futures, is set to return to the University of Idaho campus Thursday, April 3. Hosted by the College of Art and Architecture (CAA), the event is envisioned as a celebratory homecoming for alumni, providing UI and the community a forum for learning, dialogue and reflection. The symposium highlights inspiring stories of design thinking, vision, engagement and success in the diverse fields of design.

“As the university celebrates its 125-year legacy of leadership, the College of Art and Architecture is especially pleased to host our signature event,” said Mark Hoversten, CAA dean. “There is no other place like Inspiring Design Futures that captures the energy between our student body and their hopes and aspirations for the future and the powerful impact that our alumni make in the world around us. This is an event for everyone interested in the power of design and its impact on us as a society.”

Representing each of CAA’s five programs, 15 speakers hail from near and far and include designers, strategists, artists, activists, philanthropists and community builders. This year’s theme, Designing for Social Impact, explores the designer and artist’s role in society and social change. The topic is explored in three concurrent tracks: personal, professional impact and local-global reach.

“We are moved and honored by the diversity, ethic of care and leadership our alumni are bringing to this event,” said Rula Awwad-Rafferty, Inspiring Design Futures chair and professor of architecture and interior design and UI alumna. “Whether focused on the arts and processes of design to engage cultural and ecological diversity or on systems thinking and interdisciplinary pursuits that inform and impact our world, the lessons brought forward are powerful and make one proud to be a UI graduate and faculty member.”

The daylong event kicks off at 9 a.m. in the Student Union Building International Ballroom with a welcome by the lecture committee, Hoversten and university leadership. A reception concludes the symposium from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Prichard Art Gallery, located at 414 S. Main St. in Moscow.

Inspiring Design Futures is free and open to the public. For a schedule of this event and to view speaker profiles, visit http://inspiringdesignfutures.org.


Contact: Rula Awwad-Rafferty, College of Art and Architecture, (208) 885-6832(208) 885-6832. rulaa@uidaho.edu

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