UCDA Design Education Summit Brings MGC National Exposure
After co-chairing the University & College Designers Association (UCDA) Design Education Summit at South Dakota State University last May, I knew we should bring the conference to Kean University this year and here’s why: First, it would allow us to promote the quality of the University’s facilities and design program to a national audience; second, it would give us the opportunity to endorse the new MGC and our faculty’s warm, family-like culture for RBSD students; and finally, we could demonstrate our proven leadership in design education.
So in May, nearly 100 design educators, practitioners, and students from across the nation descended upon Kean for two days to take part in the 2016 UCDA Design Education Summit. Attendees enthusiastically seized this annual opportunity to present selected peer-review papers and posters in front of a national audience. This year’s theme, “Nimble,” was inspired by MGC Distinguished Professor Robin Landa’s new book of the same title.
Motivated by three keynote speakers (Robin Landa, Mitch Paone, and Craig Welsh) and two days of presentations, attendees built professional relationships through networking events and were treated to a tour at Liberty Hall to wrap up the two-day program. The event had great reviews and more than a few attendees shared with me that they are envious of our beautifully designed Green Lane building, and the spinning Herman Miller Magis Spun chairs.