NEC member RISD named best design school

A Business Insider survey recently ranked New England Council Member the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) the world’s best design school. The survey asked a host of art directors, project designers, and other industry professionals to judge the value of the school. According to the Business Insider survey, 81.5% percent of all respondents found RISD’s program to be valuable.

Business Insider also recognized the school’s commitment to fostering new companies. RISD Board Chair Michael Spalter said, “Acknowledgement of RISD’s emphasis on ‘artrepreneurship’ from the technology and business world is great news for all of us who love this iconic institution.” Airbnb, a start-up founded and run by two of the school’s alumni, is an example of one of the many new design-driven companies coming out of RISD.

RISD president John Maeda commented, “Business Insider ranking is a testament to RISD’s work to prepare students for success in a wide array of fields, and recognition that now, more than ever, design-focused organizations are disrupting industries and sparking innovation.” He also added that “art and design will drive innovation in the 21st century like science and technology did in the last century.” Mr. Maeda has often advocated adding art to the federal government’s science, technology, engineering, and math policy, changing STEM to STEAM in order to stay competitive.

The Rhode Island School of Design was one of only two New England schools to make Business Insider’s list of the World’s top 25 Best Design Schools. Click here to view the full list.

The New England Council congratulates RISD on this remarkable recognition!



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