CDI Director to Keynote AICAD 2012 Symposium

November 2, 2012
Dr. Carol Strohecker, director of the Center for Design Innovation (CDI), will serve as the keynote speaker for the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design's 2012 symposium at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada November 1-3.

This year's symposium is organized around the theme of "Research in Art and Design" and is opened to the more than 40 independent art and design institutions in North America that are members of the association.  Members include the Pratt Institution, Parsons, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Rhode Island School of Design.  Attendees will include faculty and academic and research leadership in the institutions.

"The event is organized around three intersecting themes: the production of knowledge in art and design, the political economies of art and design research, and networked and partnered research practices," said Bonne Zabolotney, dean of the faculty of design and dynamic media at Emily Carr University.  "The work that Carol is doing with The Center for Design Innovation is a great fit for the topics in this conference."

Strohecker has been director at CDI since 2006.  She had previously been a researcher and member of the executive team of Media Lab Europe in Dublin and a research scientist with Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories in Cambridge, Mass.  Strohecker earned a master's degree in visual studies and a Ph.D in media arts and sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

CDI was established in 2005 as a multi-campus research center of the UNC system with the mission to create an environment that supports creative thinking as a means of fostering the growth of education, research and commercial enterprise.  It is an inter-institutional partnership between Winston-Salem State University, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Forsyth Technical Community College.  CDI began initial operations in 2007 at an interim site in Winston Tower and a new 23,000 square-foot facility is now being constructed in the Piedmont Triad Research Park.

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