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At the intersection of who we were, who we are and where we’re going is a common denominator: a deliberate emphasis on design and place, rural to urban and local to global. This vision is realized in the new satellite studio, Studio Louisville; the pending new Master of Urban & Environmental Design; the new Historic Preservation Field School and online program; the newly defined graduate program in Interiors; the planning of a new Product Design program; and our continued focus and enhanced Education Abroad opportunities. 38°84 The Power of Place.

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38°84° is more than a logotype or mark. While it symbolizes this moment forward for the College of Design at the University of Kentucky, it is also a specific place. The beautiful feature of coordinates is that they make every point in space real. These representations point to tangible topography – elevation, texture, color and history. 38°N, 84°W is Lexington, which sits inside a diverse Kentucky landscape of limestone with water that cuts through it producing the industries of the Commonwealth – from ruralscape to urban space.

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CoD Strategic Plan | Vision2021

This strategic plan for the UK College of Design sets the expectation that we will deliver on the expanding definition of design, collaborate with and educate our UK companion colleges and set a foundation that positions the College for growth in students, research, funding and reputation. 2016 was a year of prelude to this strategic plan, with a focus on a new college identity, complete budget overhaul, and strategic hires. Through this process we are now committed to expanding the foothold of the College of Design within the University of Kentucky campus and beyond.

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The School of Architecture is the oldest program in the college, with its origins in the 1920s as an architectural option in the College of Engineering. Professor Charles P. Graves joined the Civil Engineering faculty in 1958, charged with converting the architectural option to a professional degree program. The curriculum changed from a mathematical and applied science concentration to courses in the arts, science, humanities, architectural design and history.

The School of Architecture was established in 1965 with Professor Graves as Dean. That year, the program also received its first accreditation from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The School became a college in 1967.

In 1971, Professor Graves resigned, and Professor Anthony Eardley became the second Dean in 1972. Prior to coming to UK, Dean Eardley served as a professor at the Architectural Association, London, England; Princeton; and The Cooper Union. In 1986, Professor Jose’ R. Oubrerie became the third Dean. Dean Oubrerie previously worked as an associate of Le Corbusier and as a professor at Columbia University. David B. Mohney became the fourth Dean in 1994. He had served as Associate Director of Education, IAUS, as a visiting critic at Harvard University.

In the early 1970s, Richard Rankin – the most noted interior design educator in the United States – was hired by the Dean of Home Economics to establish a professional degree in interior design. UK’s professional program was put in place in 1975, with the first graduating class in 1979. The program was then able to go for accreditation, which was awarded in the spring of 1981 by the Foundation of Interior Design Education and Research (now the Council of Interior Design Accreditation or CIDA).

In 1994, under Dean David Mohney’s leadership, the program for historic preservation was established in the School of Architecture, and the Master of Historic Preservation degree was first offered in 1996.

In 2002, the School of Architecture merged with the School of Interiors and the Historic Preservation Program to become the College of Design.

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From travel requests to college rules, this section contains all of the forms you might need as faculty and staff of the College of Design, all in a secure, password-protected area of the site.

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