Designer in Residence & Faculty Shared Studios (DIRFSS)

The John and Fonda Elliot Designer in Residence program is an opportunity for the Design Innovation Initiative to bring a leading designer/practitioner to the University each year for the purpose of sparking innovation through selective engagement in teaching and collaboration in design innovation initiatives.

The Designer in Residence’s [DIR’s] role includes maximizing substantial exposure to faculty and students through selective engagement in teaching and/or workshops, collaboration with faculty, and execution of a project during their residency that is associated with the Kent State University Design Innovation enterprise.

The Designer in Residence & Faculty Shared Studio serves as an open and reconfigurable studio space to meet the project needs of the DIR, as well as to host cross-disciplinary faculty-led projects. The total space in the studio is approximately 1200 square feet. It is situated close to a seminar-style meeting space, kitchenette area, casual gathering area and the “Blank_Lab.”

Faculty teams can apply for timeslots to host their collaborative projects in the studio as a means to showcase their intersectional ideas and support a meaningful and accessible space for coming together to work in ways that take advantage of the scope of resources provided throughout the DI HUB.