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Design in the 21st Century Talk Focuses on Intentional Change in an Unpredictable World

September 19, 2018

The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences is excited to welcome Harold G. Nelson, a leading thinker, a teacher and a compelling speaker on the subject of design whose work has been called "The Rosetta Stone of Design." The campus community is invited to hear his presentation on "Design in the 21st Century: Intentional Change in an Unpredictable World" at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, in the Administration Building Auditorium. Nelson is an architect, consultant and former Nierenberg Distinguished Professor of Design in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2001, he served as president of the International Society for Systems Sciences. He co-authored the book “The Design Way.”

Nelson excels in both physical and systems design. He's the designer of several major projects, including an iconic visitor center located in The San Gabriel National Monument near Los Angeles.  He also designed and directed a graduate program in whole systems design, which was recognized as one of the "Top 10 Best" programs in Organizational Development.

Nelson has served as a consultant for a variety of organizations: nonprofits and corporations, state and federal agencies including military organizations, international governments and the United Nations. He continues to work as an educator, consultant and researcher in the field of advanced systems design where he brings inquiry and systems science to the design of complex social systems.

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The University of Idaho, home of the Vandals, is Idaho’s land-grant, national research university. From its residential campus in Moscow, U of I serves the state of Idaho through educational centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls, nine research and Extension centers, plus Extension offices in 42 counties. Home to nearly 12,000 students statewide, U of I is a leader in student-centered learning and excels at interdisciplinary research, service to businesses and communities, and in advancing diversity, citizenship and global outreach. U of I competes in the Big Sky Conference. Learn more at