Karen Baker, current student in the Doctor of Design Program at NC State's College of Design, is a weaver focused on design, history, and critical studies of textile and fiber in Washington, DC. She is currently researching the textile, fiber and craft contributions and techniques of enslaved and free African American weavers before the Great Migration. She recently sat down for a podcast interview with Conscious Life and Style to talk more about her research and work with Fiber With A Cause, a global collective of fiber artisans and crafters. Fiber With A Cause pledges to get both ownership and authorship to creators who were often innovators in science, keepers of history, and designers of ancient techniques.
Ethnographic Fiber Artist Karen Baker on Slow Fashion and Natural Products: How One DDes Student Explores the Lost Histories of Textiles
Karen Baker, current student in the Doctor of Design Program at NC State's College of Design, is a weaver focused on design, history, and critical studies of textile and fiber in Washington, DC. She is currently researching the textile, fiber and craft contributions and techniques of enslaved and free African American weavers before the Great Migration. She recently sat down for a podcast interview with Conscious Life and Style to talk more about her research and work with Fiber With A Cause, a global collective of fiber artisans and crafters. Fiber With A Cause pledges to get both ownership and authorship to creators who were often innovators in science, keepers of history, and designers of ancient techniques.
Throughout his time as a DDes student, Oronsaye's research has involved designing a fully-funded production cohort for underrepresented animators and game designers. He also aims to demonstrate how inclusivity within this industry may improve ingenuity, race relations and artistic expression.
Student Profile: Iyare Oronsaye Seeks to Improve Diversity in Animation
Throughout his time as a DDes student, Oronsaye's research has involved designing a fully-funded production cohort for underrepresented animators and game designers. He also aims to demonstrate how inclusivity within this industry may improve ingenuity, race relations and artistic expression.
Dr. Traci Rose Rider releases new book on health-focused building standards
Dr. Traci Rose Rider releases new book on health-focused building standards
Traci Rose Rider, assistant professor of architecture and member of the Doctor of Design and PhD faculty, has recently released a new book titled "Building for Well-Being: Exploring Health-Focused Rating Systems for Design and Construction Professionals" with co-author Margaret van Bakergem.
DDes Student Jonathan Williams is currently researching how something as simple as tying a knot can transform how we approach design from an early age.
Designlife Podcast: Jonathan Williams and Designerly Knotting
DDes Student Jonathan Williams is currently researching how something as simple as tying a knot can transform how we approach design from an early age.

The goal of the Doctor of Design to create new knowledge and promote its application in the professional design community and society at large.

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Program Director

M. Elen Deming, D.Des, FASLA, FCELA

Director, Doctor of Design

E: doctor-of-design@ncsu.edu

 

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Established in 2016-17, the professional Doctor of Design (DDes) program is an advanced degree program for established design practitioners, which complements the existing PhD in Design. This is the only DDes program in the country that offers blended learning (online + on campus) in design research aimed at applications in practice. This unique program offers DDes students the flexibility to continue working while completing program requirements.

Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2023 admissions.

Learn more about applying to the Doctor of Design program.

Review of applications will begin March 1st.  Priority will be given to applications received by March 1st, although we will consider completed applications for Fall 2023 through May 30, 2023.

The purpose of the program is to pursue design research in support of those professions creating the artifacts, communications, environments, organizing structures and systems of the future.

DDes students conduct original investigations through design-based practices, cases, and methods. The program provides a forum for connecting design research to the needs of society, by promoting the application of new knowledge in design and addressing design impacts on larger systems.

Note: While most of the program is completed online, physical attendance at one week-long workshop held each semester is mandatory. At the time of admission, DDes students are expected to demonstrate mastery over their respective practices and to articulate a clear, compelling topic along with specific research questions.

Questions? Please contact Elen Deming at doctor-of-design@ncsu.edu.

Student Testimonial

“In short, my work through the DDes program has allowed me to champion budgets, projects, and programs to re-design the downtown of Zebulon. Without the program, I would not have the skills or research to back-up the budgets I’m requesting. This program, by virtue of its setup, faculty and staff, offers things that place it at an advantage over other more established programs. They sympathize with the realities of a practicing professional.”

– Joe Moore, Town Manager, Zebulon, NC