Message from the Dean

Welcome to the College of Design – the home of creativity at the University of Oregon. We are a unique and diverse academic community with a long history of innovation dating back over 100 years. We are founded on the principles of interdisciplinarity and collaboration. We are driven by curiosity and experimentation. We create and share knowledge. We intervene in the real world. And we are committed to furthering sustainability and social equity in a time of accelerated environmental and social change.

The College of Design has much to celebrate. Our students and faculty win prestigious national awards and external grants in architecture, art, design, and planning fields. Influential publications flow from our desks. Our practitioners exhibit, curate, build, and intervene in spaces and communities throughout the world. Our labs, studios, and classrooms thrive as spaces where faculty and students collaborate to push the boundaries of what’s possible. And our presence in Portland is growing, with new master's programs and research projects launching in the historic White Stag Block.

We also have work to do. Like the university as a whole, the College of Design is placing strong emphasis on pursuing academic excellence, increasing access and inclusion, and enhancing the student experience. We are doing this not only to sharpen our academic profile and deliver the highest quality education to our students. We are also doing this because innovation thrives under conditions of diversity, cooperation, and optimism.

As a research and learning community dedicated to creative problem-solving and socially-engaged practice, the College of Design is making a real impact in the world. You are warmly invited to join us in this work.

Christoph Lindner
Dean and Professor