College of Design January 2019 Update

Message from the Dean

Dear College of Design Students, Faculty, and Staff:

Welcome to winter term and a Happy New Year to each of you! I hope you had a restful break and that your term is off to a great start.

I have several pieces of exciting news to share with you.

First, I am pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural Tinker Hatfield Award for Innovation. Hatfield, BArch ’77, renowned designer of Nike’s Air Jordan and Nike Vice President for Design and Special Projects, made this generous gift to provide support for the creation and delivery of major innovative and interdisciplinary design projects.

Two projects are going forward this year:

  • The Albina African-American Cultural Heritage Conservation Research project ($25,000), led by co-principal investigators Associate Professor James Buckley, Historic Preservation, and Associate Professor Eleonora Redaelli, Planning, Public Policy and Management
  • The Universal Design for Healthy Aging project ($25,000), led by principal investigator Associate Professor Susan Sokolowski, Sports Product Design.

Each of these projects will offer a new course to allow College of Design students to participate in this groundbreaking research. You can read more about these projects and the Hatfield Award in our news story.

Second, I am thrilled to announce that the College of Design has received a $2M estate gift from an anonymous donor to fund a new W. R. B. Willcox Chair in Urban Design in the School of Architecture & Environment. The chair will provide support for a tenured faculty member’s scholarly activities, including

Additionally, we are continuing our conversations and efforts to make the College of Design a more equitable and inclusive community. Toward this goal, I would like to invite each of you to join us on January 31, 3:30–5:30 p.m. in Lawrence 198 for a discussion focused on Women in Design, part 2 of our “What’s Missing in the College of Design?” series of discussions around intersectionality, inclusion, diversity, justice, and equity in the college. We hope that you will join us and share your experiences and perspectives. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome.

I wish you all much success this term and thank you for all the energy, creativity, and originality you bring to the College of Design.


Christoph Lindner
Dean and Professor