On campuses across the country,
interdisciplinary student teams collaborate with faculty, staff, and community leaders to address challenges in their local communities. DFA uses design thinking for positive impact.
Our tools, model, and coaching instill community, encourage creativity, and build student capacity to take on any challenge. Together, we use design as a force for good.
Local Teams Create Positive Impact
Tackling challenges with local partners
Generating solutions with mentors
Putting ideas into practice
It's a unique approach to social challenges - and it works.
Where We Work
Design for America is proudly housed at Northwestern University. Student-led studios are currently on 36 college and university campuses around the country, hosting 125 teams with over 1200 volunteer members, mentors, and community leaders. Studio members share ideas, resources, and best practices, while being supported by a network of more than 9,000 partners and fans.
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Founded at Northwestern University
"Design for America encapsulates the power of design innovation. Students from multiple disciplines come together to address real problems using design thinking to create impact. It benefits everyone."
- Julio M. Ottino, Dean, McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University
DFA is possible in part because of the generous support from:
In mid-November of 2016, DFA students from Case Western, Michigan State, Purdue, UIUC, and WashU gathered with DFA National staff for the third year in a row for Midwest Meetup 2016 – this year at DFA U Cincinnati! DFA U Cincinnati was inspired to host this year’s meetup after a great experience attending last year … Read More
DFA teams together at FCA Headquarters with DFA National and Curt Edgar, Michael Angelidis, and Prateek Gupta (DFA MSU’16) from FCA Design for America sponsored projects unite partnering companies and the DFA Network in an effort to address timely social innovation initiatives. Practicing the human-centered design process, DFA students bring fresh perspectives and user insights … Read More
This past August, 110+ students from 33 Design for America studios across the country gathered at Northwestern for the annual DFA Leadership Studio. Together, they explored, “How can we improve the voting experience?” DFA National decided to revisit this topic of civic engagement as the 2016 election season came to a close. From Leadership Studio, we learned … Read More