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Ninety Years of Excellence: DAAP Recognized for Design and Innovation

Due to its real-world reach and industry impact, UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning is named as the home of an Ohio Center of Excellence in Design and Innovation.

Date: 10/20/2011 2:20:00 PM
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824
Photos By: Ashley Kempher, Lisa Ventre

UC ingot   Ninety years of excellence by the University of Cincinnati's internationally ranked College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) is today being recognized in special ceremonies led by Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro.

In a ceremony at DAAP, Chancellor Petro, UC President Gregory H. Williams, Provost Santa Ono, DAAP Dean Robert Probst as well as other UC leaders – College of Engineering and Applied Science Dean Carlo Montemagno, Carl H. Lindner College of Business Dean David Szymanski, Associate Provost Kettil Cedercreutz, director of UC’s Professional Practice Division, DAAP Associate Dean Craig Vogel – gathered to recognize UC as the new home to an Ohio Center of Excellence in Design and Innovation.
UC design students at work
UC design students at work as part of the Live Well Collaborative.

Also participating in ceremonies was design student Mahsino Blamoh and DAAP alumnus Jerry Kathman, president of global design and branding firm, LPK, Inc.

Throughout its nearly 90-year history, UC's DAAP – which traces its founding back to 1922 – has been nationally and internationally recognized for its applied inventiveness, fulfilling basic and advanced research and innovation needs for industry and employers.

Regional, state, national and international firms routinely partner with DAAP in collaboration with other UC colleges for product and service innovation research.

And year after year, a national DesignIntelligence survey of employers – the people who do the hiring – finds that DAAP’s programs are in the nation’s Top Ten. In other words, UC consistently produces graduates who meet and exceed the needs of the profession and is the “go to” university when design industry employers make their hires. 

Ohio is establishing select Centers of Excellence in applied fields to foster economic development, create jobs and strengthen the state's ability to move technology innovations into commercialization.
Robert Probst, Jim Petro, Brigid O'Kane
Dean Robert Probst of DAAP, Ohio Chancellor Jim Petro and UC design faculty member Brigid O'Kane during Chancellor Petro's visit to DAAP.