Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
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Established (merged 2009)
Type Public
Dean Kwang-Wu Kim
Students 5,800
Location Tempe, Arizona, USA
Campus Urban
Website herbergerinstitute.asu.edu

The Katherine K. Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (HIDA) at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona was created in 2009 by the merger of two existing academic units, the Herberger College of the Arts and the College of Design. The Arizona Board of Regents approved the merger On April 30, 2009.[1]


Programs and concentrations


  • Kwang-Wu Kim, 2009–present


Herberger College of the Arts

The Herberger College was founded in 1964, with approximately 80 members of faculty and staff. The first Dean was Henry A. Bruinsma, who had previously been chair of the Music Department at ASU.

The College contains five smaller schools within it, each of which are nationally ranked academic units: the School of Art, School of Music, Department of Dance, School of Theatre and Film, and an Arts, Media and Engineering Program (AME). The College also hosts a University Art Museum, for research and conservation of works of art.

Originally created as the "College of Fine Arts", it was renamed to the "Katherine K. Herberger College of Fine Arts" in 2000, in the honor of Phoenix philanthropist Katherine K. "Kax" Herberger.


  • Henry A. Bruinsma, 1964–1975
  • Jules Heller, 1976–1985
  • Walter Harris, 1985–1986
  • Seymore L. Rosen, 1986–1994
  • J. Robert Wills, 1994–2006
  • Kwang-Wu Kim, 2006–2009

College of Design

The College of Design evolved from humble beginnings as a technical architecture program starting in 1957.

When the College of Design was established as an independent college in 1964, its founders shared a vision of design excellence. The founding dean, James Elmore, recognized the endless opportunities provided by fostering a strong relationship between the university and the surrounding communities. During Elmore’s tenure as dean, the idea for the Rio Salado project was conceived and brought to realization when the Tempe Town Lake was completed in 1999. The institute’s continuing commitment to community engagement is strong, with community-based studio projects an important component of a student’s learning experience. During 1949–50, Elmore suggested that ASU develop a two-year technical architecture program to "play the role of a forceful pioneer" in Arizona, with no schools of architecture closer than Los Angeles, Berkeley, or Salt Lake City.

During the 1950s, the program grew to offer the bachelor of architecture degree in the fall of 1957. In its first ten years, the student body grew from 45 to 142 and full-time faculty from two to five members. In 1958, the program became an associate member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and the first bachelor of architecture degree was awarded in May 1960. In January 1961, the college’s first accreditation was granted. By the end of the second decade of architectural studies at ASU, the study body had grown to 407 with full-time faculty of 21 members.

The program became the Division of Architecture in 1957 and the School of Architecture in 1959, still within the brand-new College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. On July 1, 1964, the program became the independent College of Architecture.

Through the next decade, the college grew and diversified in the study of architecture, urban design, and design. In 1977–78, the college was officially reorganized in three separate departments–architecture, design sciences (interior design and industrial design), and planning. In 1983, the Arizona Board of Regents approved a change in name to the College of Architecture and Environmental Design to more accurately reflect the depth and breadth of design and planning studies within its programs.

The School of Planning was formerly the School of Planning and Landscape Architecture. The bachelor of science in design in urban planning was awarded from 1980 to 1990, with the bachelor of science in planning established in 1991. In July 2004, the landscape architecture program moved to the School of Architecture, now the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

The Department of Design Sciences, established in 1977, comprised the Interior Design and Industrial Design programs, which moved from the Department of Home Economics and College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, respectively. In 1989, the department was renamed the School of Design. The graphic design program joined the school in June 1996, moving from the School of Art and joining the School of Design. In 2005, the School of Design was disestablished and three separate units–the Department of Graphic Design, Department of Industrial Design, and the Department of Interior Design were established. Most recently, the Graphic Design program changed its name to the Department of Visual Communication Design to reflect the interactive and environmental design of today’s graphics profession.

In July 2005, the Arizona Board of Regents approved a name change for the college to the College of Design to reflect the college’s mission to emphasize the importance of design as the bond between its discipline programs.

The bachelor of arts in design studies was approved as a new degree program in the College of Design in May 2006. Approval was received from the Arizona Board of Regents for the Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) accelerated degree program, which is a partnership among the W. P. Carey School of Business, Del E. Webb School of Construction, ASU College of Law, and College of Design.

In November 2008, the Arizona Board of Regents approved the creation of the School of Design Innovation to once again group the three design programs: Industrial, Interior, and Visual Communication, under one administrative unit.

As part of the Herberger Institute merger announced in 2009, the School of Planning moved to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences School of Geological Sciences and Urban Planning. The W. P. Carey School of Business now administers the MRED program.

In May 2010, the School of Design Innovation was disestablished and the design disciplines of Industrial Design, Interior Design and Visual Communication Design joined with The Design School.

In February 2011, the Arizona Board of Regents approved the renaming of the school as The Design School.[2]

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ http://design.asu.edu/college/merger.shtml
  2. ^ http://herbergerinstitute.asu.edu/institute/history/

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