Student Design Council plans public forum

Jacob Stewart

The Design Council is hosting a public forum to discuss the recent changes in the College of Design’s infrastructure and how collaboration is important to the new way things are being structured starting Tuesday in the Design Cafe.

Almost every college has a council made up of students that interact with students and professors from the college to give funding to projects and act as an intermediary between the two.

Lauren Clark, senior in landscape architecture, has been president of the College of Design’s council for a little more than a year now.

“We usually want two or more people to represent the groups that ask for funding,” Clark said. “We haven’t given out any funding to individual groups yet this semester.”

Jordan Becker, junior in graphic design, became the vice president of the Design Council after his term in the Government Student Body ended last year.

“We’re a really low-key council,” Becker said. “We don’t stir up trouble, we’re just trying to make the College of Design a better place.”

One of the biggest things the council is organizing this semester is a public forum to address questions and concerns fielded by students and faculty alike.

“One of the biggest things we’re dealing with right now is the restructuring of the College of Design,” Clark said. “There was a lack of funding; the department chairs became department directors instead. We’re trying to construct a forum to encourage more of a dialogue between students and teachers.”

Since the restructuring, there has also been talk of collaboration between different majors, Clark said. There is an opportunity for graphic design to work with landscape architecture or architecture to do projects with other majors.

This is important because, according to Nadia Anderson, assistant professor of architecture, we need to use all of our education to solve real-world problems, not just our chosen major or area of interest.

Among the topics discussed during the Oct. 28 meeting were chiefly how to promote the forum that was so successful last year. Ideas ranged from posters and pizza to doing a more mysterious promotion leading up to reveal what was really happening.

String was featured prominently, and many ideas were thrown around including creating a web of string with the word “Forum” woven into it, reminiscent of “Charlotte’s Web.”

Questions, concerns or ideas about how this change will affect design students’ education and university experience can be fielded to the Design Council at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.