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Design for America Receives ‘Notable’ Awards

Design for America, a network of student-led studios creating local and social impact through interdisciplinary design founded at Northwestern University, was recently named “notable” in the design education initiative and design for social impact categories in the Core77 Design Awards.

The student group, founded at Northwestern in 2008, teaches human-centered design to young adults and collaborating community partners and addresses national challenges in education, health, transportation, and energy. They are currently fostering the development of studios at seven more universities across the country.

Core77, an online magazine dedicated to industrial design, gave awards in 15 design categories and named Design for America a notable design education initiative.

“Design for America is notable as a well-thought out program that engages interdisciplinary college youth to bring their ideas into impactful outcomes outside of academic time frames. The ambition of the name indicates the scale of impact for this model once it has spread beyond its Northwestern University incubator,” said the jury.