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Objectives and Benefits of Industry-Sponsored Projects

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES AND BENEFITS

The CDR’s primary objective for an industry-sponsored project is to create a unique, high-quality educational opportunity for our students. 
Next to an internship, working with an industry sponsor on a project is perhaps the finest opportunity to experience high-level critique and interaction that a student can have. There is no better way to prepare these individuals for the professional settings they will experience once they graduate.

CDR industry-sponsored projects provide an enormously valuable experience for students exploring varied career paths within the design professions. A central tenet of the CDR is provide an opportunity for sponsor, school, faculty, and students to promote the value of good design and multidisciplinary collaboration. Projects help familiarize companies and students with each other prior to graduation, and allow sponsor liaisons the opportunity to meet our program’s brightest, most talented individuals.

In addition to providing direct-expense support for the students, sponsored projects may also provide unrestricted funds for the general support of the Center. The ongoing project sponsorships we’ve established with large corporations also validate the importance of the CDR’s work, and have been crucial to developing and securing major gifts.

Sponsored-projects have provided the majority of the Center for Design Researchs publicity opportunities, which are very important in enhancing the reputation of the Center as well as the sponsors, attracting prospective students, and in giving them sophisticated projects for their portfolios.


In top 5 programs nationwide for its emphasis on construction materials and methods —DesignIntelligence magazine
Studio 804 students design and construct a technically sophisticated, sustainable building each year
Four buildings designed and constructed by Studio 804 architecture students have achieved Platinum LEED ratings
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times
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