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A Platform for Design-led Innovation

The Joseph Ballay Center for Design Fusion serves as a unique design-led platform to foster transdisciplinary innovation across Carnegie Mellon University. Founded through an endowment from Professor Emeritus Joseph Ballay and his wife Sue, the Ballay Center establishes a formal presence of design expertise and outreach at CMU, and creates a new outlet for the School of Design to advance its distinct approaches to problem solving, interdisciplinary collaboration, and curricular innovation, to drive progress across the University. The last decade has seen a significant rise in awareness and demand for design thinking and design methods for innovation. However, the widening spectrum of complex social, cultural, ecological, and technological problems requires new approaches for transdisciplinary practices that frame problems for near and long term impact and inspire progress. To engage with these problem spaces in uniquely CMU ways, the Ballay Center provides the School of Design a platform to establish a design-led paradigm that enhances the existing creative practices across CMU in the arts, humanities, sciences, and business.