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16 February 2016
Educational and Professional/Promotional Members will meet at ArtCenter College of Design for the 2016 Platform Meetings on 24-26 August

Photo credit: Steven Heller, ArtCenter College of Design.


Please save the new dates for this event, now 24-26 August.


24-26 August 2016 Pasadena, California: The next ico-D Educational and Professional/Promotional Platform Meeting will be hosted this year by ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena (California). The Platforms for 2016 will gather Members and Observers on the urban South Campus of ArtCenter College of Design in the renovated six-story aviation research facility, part of seven acre redevelopment site in the heart of Pasadena. Leading up to this event, ico-D is inviting Members to join the Work Groups (WGs) to investigate core issues related to education and professional design and the management of design schools. National Design Policy, Accreditation, Communicating the Value of Design​ and Curriculum Development will be the topic in view. 

The Meeting will be an opportunity for bilateral exchange between Educational and Professional/Promotional Members, experts, universities, and industry leaders. In addition to Work Groups, the Meetings will include a panel on the theme of Complexity and Design, a Discussion Forum and the Sustainability Workshop, and a tour of ArtCenter with cocktail reception, among other events. The long-term strategy is to advance objectives and processes for design education that will garner results to present at the World Design Summit 2017.


South Campus Wind Tunnel building, ArtCenter College of Design. Photo credit: Steven Heller, ArtCenter College of Design.

Founded in 1930, ArtCenter has a history of being at the forefront of questions regarding creative practice, leading on how education can serve students in a changing art and design environment. In 2010 the ArtCenter community—students, faculty, staff, trustees and alumni—created a shared strategic vision in order to manifest the future of the institution—to position the college to shape and define culture, encourage relevance and social responsibility in art and design, and to prepare graduates for leadership in an increasingly pluralistic society. Most of all, ArtCenter aims to advance learning, research and making at ArtCenter to the highest level.

ArtCenter College of Design celebrates its international student body. Photo credit: ArtCenter College of Design.


ArtCenter College of Design Shop. Photo credit: ArtCenter College of Design.


Platforms 2016 will take place at the ArtCenter South Campus, home to the college’s Undergraduate Illustration and Graduate Art and Media Design programmes, and the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography. We will tour the Hillside Campus and the iconic modernist building designed by Craig Ellwood Associates. In the history of the evolution of the college, both campuses have been experiments in creating spaces for learning and interdisciplinary programming. 


ArtCenter College of Design fishbowl. Photo credit: ArtCenter College of Design.


Visionaries such as Ansel Adams and Keith Haring are among the innovative early teachers and artists at ArtCenter, who participated in developing an educational model that provided college level instruction to the local community. These specialized Public Programs are for working professionals, high school students grades 9-12, elementary students grades 4-8, as well as for teachers. 


ArtCenter College of Design students and teachers at work. Photo credit: ArtCenter College of Design.


ArtCenter Student Gallery. Photo credit: ArtCenter College of Design.

This inspiring, vibrant environment will offer an exemplary model of programming that has been shaped by inderdisciplinarity. Platforms 2016 will be a unique opportunity for Members to experience a context of education that has resolved design issues with new research, curriculum, and community, and to join WGs to bring their own educational perspectives and solutions to the table.


ArtCenter College of Design ico-D Member profile.

ArtCenter College of Design official website.