ISU Design West Studio a finalist in economic development awards competition


Tim Borich, College of Design associate dean for outreach, (515) 294-8707,
Susan Fey, ISU Design West program coordinator, (712) 258-8999,
Heather Sauer, College of Design communications specialist, (515) 294-9289,

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Iowa State University’s Design West Studio is a finalist in the University Economic Development Association's (UEDA) 2010 Awards of Excellence competition.

The studio, a satellite program of the ISU College of Design in partnership with Iowa State University Extension, the city of Sioux City and a number of community groups, is one of three finalists in the competition's partnership development category.

Finalists will present their projects at the UEDA Annual Summit in Reno, Nev., in November, where a "best in category" award will be announced.

Since 2007, nearly 200 Iowa State students and more than a dozen faculty members have been involved in 12 studio outreach projects in Sioux City through ISU Design West, an investment of over 15,000 hours of design work on community issues.

The studio has hosted three summer design workshops for local high school students, and a similar workshop for middle school students is planned for 2011.  The studio also has offered public programming on a range of topics, including green design and historic preservation.

ISU Design West recently won a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to provide its educational programming at low or no cost, thus allowing a greater number of people to access these programs.

"While the Design West partnership has evolved to include different parties, our collective ambition has remained constant," said Tim Borich, associate dean for outreach in the ISU College of Design and director of ISU Extension Community and Economic Development.

"We continue to look for ways the civic community can join the university community in a transformational effort. Our collaborative design and planning projects not only affect the way citizens view the current community but stimulate civic discussion toward creating Sioux City's future," he said.

The University Economic Development Association is a national organization of higher education, business and economic development professionals. For more information on UEDA, see