Research + initiatives

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
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Equity and inclusion
  • Health
  • Science
  • Social justice
  • Sustainability
  • Technology
  • Youth education development

National initatives

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.

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.

Herberger Institute Day Crowd

Projecting All Voices

The Projecting All Voices initiative aims to explore what equity means within a 21st-century design and arts school and at art institutions across the nations.

Herberger Institute and ASU-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.

Design and Arts Corps Graphic

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.

CounterAct Yellow and Black


CounterAct is a multidisciplinary, campus-wide effort to reduce sexual assault and center healthy sexuality using the arts. The initiative will catalyze 880 creative acts to counter the 880 acts of sexual violence that occur each day in the U.S.

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.

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.

Unit-level research and initiatives

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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