IIT Institute of Design

IIT Institute of Design
Institute of Design IIT
IIT Institute of Design logo
Established 1937
Dean Patrick Whitney[1]
Location Chicago, IL, United States
Campus Downtown
Nickname ID
Website www.id.iit.edu

Institute of Design (ID) at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), originally founded as the New Bauhaus, is a graduate school teaching systemic, human-centered design.



350 North LaSalle in Chicago, home of IIT's Institute of Design.

The IIT Institute of Design is a school of design founded in 1937 in Chicago by László Moholy-Nagy, a Bauhaus teacher (1923–1928).

After a spell in London, Bauhaus master Moholy-Nagy, at the invitation of Chicago's Association of Art and Industry, moved to Chicago in 1937 to start a new design school, which he named the New Bauhaus. The philosophy of the school was basically unchanged from that of the original, and its first headquarters was the Prairie Avenue mansion that architect Richard Morris Hunt, designed for department store magnate Marshall Field.

Due to financial problems the school briefly closed in 1938. However, Walter Paepcke, Chairman of the Container Corporation of America and an early champion of industrial design in America, soon offered his personal support, and in 1939, Moholy-Nagy re-opened the school as the Chicago School of Design. In 1944, this became the Institute of Design, and in 1949 it became part of the new Illinois Institute of Technology university system and also the first institution in the United States to offer a PhD in design.

Moholy authored an account of his efforts to develop the curriculum of the School of Design in his book Vision in Motion.

Archival materials are held by the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries at the Art Institute of Chicago. The Institute of Design Collection includes articles, letters, photographs, and other materials documenting the institute's history and works by faculty and students.

Educational Programs

The Institute of Design offers two professional degrees, the Master of Design (MDes) and the Master of Design Methods (MDM), as well as a research degree, the PhD, which was the first doctoral program in design in the United States, and a dual MDes / MBA degree program, also the first of its kind, with the IIT Stuart School of Business. [1]

At one time, the Institute of Design offered a Bachelor of Science in Design degree, with specialties in Photography, Product Design, and Communication Design. The Bachelor's program was halted in 1998.


The Institute of Design annually organizes two large design conferences in the Chicago Area. The Strategy Conference international executives and designers together to address how businesses can use design to explore emerging opportunities. The Design Research Conference, is conducted by students and deals with emerging trends in design research.

Institute of Design directors

  • 1937–1945, László Moholy-Nagy
  • 1946–1951, Serge Chermayeff
  • 1951–1955, Crombie Taylor (acting)
  • 1955–1969, Jay Doblin [2]
  • 1969–1974, James S. Montague (acting)
  • 1974–1982, various
  • 1982–1986, Dale Fahnstrom
  • 1986–present, Patrick Whitney

Prominent former faculty

Institute of Design former names and locations

New Bauhaus - American School of Design

  • 1938: 1905 S. Prairie Avenue, Chicago

The School of Design in Chicago

  • 1939–1945: 247 E. Ontario Street, Chicago

The Institute of Design

  • 1945–1946: 1009 N. State Street, Chicago
  • 1946–1956: 632 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago (now an Excalibur nightclub)
  • 1956–1989: S.R. Crown Hall IIT campus on South State Street
  • 1989–1996: 10 West 35th Street (ITRI on IIT campus)
  • 1996–present: 350 N. LaSalle Blvd, Chicago

Prominent alumni

  • Ivan Chermayeff, Principal of Chermayeff & Geismar, son of former Institute of Design director Serge Chermayeff and designer of the Chase Manhattan Bank logo among other achievements.
  • Roger Sweet (MS 1960), Creator of He-Man from Mattel
  • Charles L. Owen (MS 1965), creator of the Structured Planning method for complex systems design
  • John Henry Waddell, American sculptor
  • Richard Nickel, American Photographer
  • Robert Brownjohn, American Graphic Designer
  • Louis Sauer,(student 1949 to 1953), American Architect

See also


External links

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