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We support the scholarly inquiry, applied research and creative activity of more than 400 faculty and nearly 5,000 students. This research activity spans more than 100 academic programs and allied research centers.

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Herberger Institute faculty are not only world-class artists and designers in their own right, they are also a force for discovery in and through design and the arts, inspiring students to become thought leaders who will shape the future by considering the impact of their work on the public good. Their design- and arts- led research strives to improve the human condition through the appropriate application of knowledge and creative talents, especially in the following areas:

  • Community development
  • Creative placemaking
  • Entreprenuership
  • Equity and inclusion
  • Health
  • Science
  • Social justice
  • Sustainability
  • Technology
  • Youth education development

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Corine Schleif, art history professor in the School of Art in Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, was invited to visit the University of Texas at Austin to...
Changing the world with a product is not a one-man job — which is why the InnovationSpace program at Arizona State University combines the expertise of students in five different disciplines:...
Exploration. Creative observation. Removing the limits of conventional thinking. These are the words of Arizona State University art students exercising their creative minds as part of “Sculpting...

Institute-wide initiatives


Created in 1996 with an endowment from Katherine K. Herberger, ArtsWork unites ASU artists and scholars with community leaders in research and programs focused on children and the arts.

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Design and Arts Corps

The Design and Arts Corps partners with communities to place designers, artists, scholars and educators in public life, in places like schools, hospitals, social profit organizations, community centers and government agencies.

Creative Health

Working with health and allied health disciplines at ASU and in the community, Creative Health Collaborations advances research, curricula and programming at the intersection of arts, design and health.

Ensemble Lab

The Ensemble Lab is a cooperative of artists, researchers and civic leaders working across disciplines to explore the role of artists, increase professional opportunities for artists and equip artists to be engaged civic partners.

Creative Placemaking

At the Herberger Institute, our definition of Creative Placemaking is the strategic integration of arts, culture and community engaged design into comprehensive community planning and development.

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programs

The Herberger Institute Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programs was established to coordinate cross-institute programs and activities that engage directly with entrepreneurship and enterprise development in design and the arts.

Our researchers

Prasad Boradkar: Designing Things

Featured Researcher: Prasad Boradkar
Project: Designing Things

Prasad Boradkar, Associate Professor in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, is the recipient of the Institute for Humanities Research Transdisciplinary Humanities Book Award. His book, Designing Things: A Critical Introduction to the Culture of Objects, draws on his extensive design studies and his theory and philosophy of visual culture. Boradkar is the Director of ASU’s Innovation Space. This video was produced by OKED videographers/editors, Alexander Chapin and Gitzel Puente

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We support the scholarly inquiry, applied research and creative activity of more than 400 faculty.

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Unit-level research and initiatives