Environmental Design Department records

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24-RG 24

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Environmental Design Department records


  • 1938-2008 (Creation)


14 folders

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Environmental Design became an independent department in February 1992, with Patricia Belton Oliver as the chair. Prior to that it was a program under the Industrial Design Department beginning in 1970 led by Bruce Burdick. Environmental design-related courses began as early as 1931 when the Industrial Design department began, under the leadership of Kem Weber. In the early 1960s a concentration titled "Design for Merchandising" was available under the ID Department, and by the late 1960s there was a concentration titled "Interior-space Design."

List of Chairs (including early Industrial Design Chairs):
Kem Weber (1932-1943)
George Jergenson (1947 - 1969)
Keith Teter (1969-circa 1986)

Environmental Design program
Bruce Burdick DIrector (1970-circa 1976)
Gaylord Eckles, Director (1977-1992)

Environmental Design Department
Patricia Belton Oliver (1992-circa 2002)
Peter di Sabatino (2003-2004)
David Mocarski (2004 - present)

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This collection consists of documents and brochures from the undergraduate Environmental Design Department, and Environmental-related coursework prior to the establishment of the department in 1992. Of particular note is a 1938 brochure of a Kem Weber course. There are also some files on special projects led by Chair Patricia Belton-Oliver in the early 2000s that eventually led to the creation of the Educational Planning Office.

There are related CDs of media kits containing images of student work and Environmental Design projects from the early 2000s.

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Copyright held by Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, Calif.)

Digital materials and catalog records are made available for educational and research purposes only and cannot be reproduced, distributed, or published without written permission from Art Center College of Design.

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