The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, consistently ranked as the top MFA program in the country by US News and World Report, is adding three new graduate programs in Fall '06: Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects. If you are wondering about "Designed Objects," it is very closely aligned with industrial design.
If you are still curious, they are having an online chat this Tuesday, January 17th, from 6:00pm-9:00pm CST.
Bruce M. Tharp, PhD is a designer, professor, researcher, and entrepreneur, with degrees in mechanical engineering, industrial design, and anthropology. He and his wife, Stephanie Tharp run an award-winning, design studio, materious.
They have licensed a dozen new product ideas to companies, and currently manufacture several of their own. Materious also produces discursive products and concepts to engender reflection and debate on cultural topics. They are currently finishing a book project on the topic entitled, Discursive Design.
Bruce is a professor of design at the University of Michigan's Stamps School of Art & Design where he teaches a range of undergraduates as well as graduates in the new Master of Design program in Integrative Design.