Design at Southern

This web site is a celebration of a half-century of design at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale (SIUC). The Design Department at SIUC has been training product, shelter, and visual designers since 1955. R. Buckminster Fuller brought his comprehensive design science approach to the school when he joined the faculty in the late 1950s. This is a collaborative history project put together by interested alumni and staff from throughout the country. This web site is not officially associated with Southern Illinois University or any SIU Alumni organization. The views and opinions expressed are those of the individuals who assembled the various pages. For more information go to the Contact page listed in the main menu above.
April 2011 photographs by Jim Nugent
Design at Southern Illinois University
Shared Vision: the Second American Bauhaus

Inflatable domes, student protests, and waterfalls

New stories by former SIUC design department students Gary DeCourcy, Lee Spalt, Paul Pauesick, and Stephen Pevnick.
Victor Papanek: Path of a Design Prophet Al’s latest book, Victor Papanek: Path of a Design Prophet is available at Victor Papanek is the father of sustainable and affordable design. Shared Vision: The Second American Bauhaus by Al Gowan features interviews with and photographs of design teachers and students between 1955 and 1985. click to read more . . . Second American Bauhaus T-Shirts are available Join the celebration by wearing a T-shirt featuring the SIU design campus in the 1960s. Click here for details on how you can order your own Second American Bauhaus T-shirt. Elsa Kula Elsa joined the design faculty in 1956. She was the lone woman teacher at a time when women design students were rare. Click here to go to the Elsa Kula page for pictures and stories. . . Bucky’s Carbondale dome home Your donation can help save an historic landmark, Buckminster and Anne Fuller's dome home in Carbondale, Illinois. The photo was taken at the kickoff of the Fuller Dome Home Preservation Campaign. 1975 Migrant worker health bus John Lonergan, Rich Archer, and Geri Newman work with students to create a mobile health clinic.
Design Days Programs Design Days 2017 is scheduled for April 7 & 8, 2017. According to Rob Lopez, Design Area Head: “This year we are proud to welcome back to campus Harold Cohen, the founder of the program in 1955. He will be our first speaker on Friday morning, and we will be having a reception for he and Mary on Saturday afternoon.” Click here for more on Design Days 2017 at Click here to look at Design Days 2015 and the unveiling of the design facilities in the repurposed Pulliam Hall.