The National Conference on the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS) is a national peer review scholarly gathering dedicated to the study and practice of beginning design education. Celebrating 30 years at the 2014 conference, the NCBDS has provided a forum for design educators to present papers and projects and hold discussions related to introductory design issues.
The conference’s origins reside in a small gathering entitled Beginnings, held in 1972 at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and organized by Tim McGinty and Gerry Gast. This gathering brought together for the first time design educators to discuss introductory design education. Just over a decade later, after a second gathering held in 1983 at Cranbrook Academy, the first Beginning Design Conference was held in 1984 at Arizona State University. Meeting annually since, the National Conference on the Beginning Design Student has been and continues to be the primary venue for discussion about the practice of and research into for beginning design.
The conference has a dedicated community of beginning design educators, whose interest in the educational challenges and attendant pedagogies, projects, and curricular strategies associated with beginning design propel the conference.
The 30th annual NCBDS is being organized and hosted by the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
NCBDS30:IIT conference chairs – Catherine Wetzel and Leslie Johnson.