Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology

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Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology
FounderLászló Moholy-Nagy
DeanAnijo Mathew[1]
Location, ,
United States
CampusMain campus

The Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology is a graduate school of the Illinois Institute of Technology, a private university in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Founded in 1937 as The New Bauhaus, the school focuses on systemic and human-centered design.


The Institute of Design at Illinois Tech 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.[2] 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. Select archival film materials are held at Chicago Film Archives, who store and provide access to a handful of Institute of Design films.

Educational programs[edit]

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, a MDes/MPA program, 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 for international executives and designers who come together to address how businesses can use design to explore emerging opportunities, and the Design Research Conference, organized by students, exploring emerging trends in design research.


Prominent former faculty[edit]

Former names and locations[edit]

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
  • 1956–1989: S.R. Crown Hall IIT campus on South State Street
  • 1989–1996: 10 West 35th Street (ITRI on IIT campus)
  • 1996–2016: 350 N. LaSalle Blvd, Chicago
  • 2016-2018: 565 W. Adams St, Chicago
  • 2018–Present: Kaplan Institute, 3137 S Federal St., Chicago

Prominent alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Anijo Mathew". Institute of Design. Retrieved 8 February 2023.
  2. ^ "The New Bauhaus". Institute of Design. Retrieved 13 October 2023.
  3. ^ HERBERT MUSCHAMPPublished: June 04, 1999 (4 June 1999). "Crombie Taylor, 85, Architect Who Helped Champion Bauhaus - New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 January 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "Jay Doblin on the evolution of design, 1974". Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  5. ^ "IIT Institute of Design (ID), a pioneering graduate school". IIT Institute of Design.
  6. ^ "Denis Weil ends term as dean". 15 December 2021. Retrieved 25 March 2022.
  7. ^ Blum, Betty. "Interview with Robert Bruce Tague". Chicago Architects Oral History Project.
  8. ^ Archives of American Art. "Summary of the Hugo Weber papers, 1932-1971 | Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution". Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Beer with a Painter: June Leaf". Hyperallergic. 23 April 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  10. ^ "American Horizons: The Photographs of Art Sinsabaugh". Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  11. ^ Nahmias, Alysa. "The New Bauhaus". The New Bauhaus. Retrieved 23 December 2020.

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