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THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

An interview
with Martha Thorne

Dean of IE School of
Architecture and Design

THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

An interview
with Martha Thorne

Dean of IE School of
Architecture and Design

“IE’s approach means that our graduates will be able to embrace future changes and chart interesting career paths, no matter what the future holds”

What is the IE School of Architecture and Design?
It is a widely recognized private institution that prides itself of an open, innovative approach to education. Our students and faculty from all over the world bring together diverse viewpoints and contribute to an exciting learning environment.

 

What is design at IE University?
Design is a creative process that leads to the great value that professionals add when faced with a complex problem to solve. The outcome may be an object, a space, a strategy, a way of communicating a message, or almost anything. However, the results always go beyond the merely functional and are comprehensive, sustainable, technologically appropriate, aesthetically pleasing, and user-centered.

 

Why should someone study design at IE?
IE’s design program allows students to integrate knowledge from a variety of fields, including design, to prepare for a fulfilling career finding useful and meaningful solutions to many types of challenges.

Martha Thorne

“ Our students and faculty from all over the world bring together diverse viewpoints and contribute to an exciting learning environment.”

Where can graduates work after graduating from this program?
Students will be able to work at a myriad of places. Many traditional companies are employing designers to tackle branding, strategic planning, and user experience design. Design-focused firms work on websites, apps, other forms of digital media, and all sorts of graphic products. Today, exhibitions, work, retail, and other spaces need qualified designers. Its also great to specialize by going on to graduate study.

 

How do design, technology and communication complement one another at IE University?
At IE University, we see the world as an integrated place, where the traditional barriers between disciplines are being removed for by a more interdisciplinary approach. This mindset allows us to work together with other schools at IE University to share knowledge, open new doors, and advance the field.

 

Could you share a piece of advice with future students?
Come to IE University with an open mind and be ready to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. Design is challenging, fun, necessary, creative, involves lots of practice (and sometimes failure), and is enormously satisfying.

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