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About CPID

While we work to make a difference in the world we are also teaching the designers of tomorrow to become agents of change.

The Center for Public Interest Design is a new research center at Portland State University that aims to investigate and promote design practices that are a catalyst for the social, economic and environmental change needed to serve the growing needs of communities both locally and worldwide.

Based at the School of Architecture, the Center will promote innovative and engaged design practices by supporting opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, research, and fieldwork among faculty, students and professionals in the field with client communities.

A framework will be built by the Center to support the efforts of this diverse and interdisciplinary community at PSUand other partner institutions to engage the growing demand for design solutions and practices, which address the critical need to make systemic and sustainable solutions available to all humans in need.

The Center also aims to promote the emerging field of public interest design by supporting public engagement, fieldwork and service opportunities and professional education, and training.

Above all, the mission of the Center is to serve communities in need worldwide by researching and promoting design and building practices that are socially conscious, environmentally sustainable and economically accessible to all and by so doing elevate the civic role of these professions as agents of change.


To learn more please download our brochure: CPID TriFold.pdf