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Kendall to Host Panel Discussion on Design Leadership in Sustainability

KendallGRAND RAPIDS – Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University will host a panel discussion on what sustainability means to design disciplines such as architecture, graphic design, interior design and industrial design, on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Commons on the KCAD campus.

Design West Michigan and KCAD are collaborating with the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum andMiBiz, and several professional design organizations including the American Institute of Architects, AIGA (formerly known as the American Institute of Graphic Arts), International Interior Design Association and the Industrial Designers Society of America to serve as hosts for the discussion.

John Berry, executive director of DWM, will moderate the panel discussion. Panel members include Greg Metz, AIA; Kevin Budelman, AIGA; Lee Davis, IIDA; Dave Muyer, IDSA; and Joe Jeup Furniture. The participants will explore the belief that design decisions have a direct impact on sustainability issues. At the conclusion of the panel discussion, there will be a question-and-answer session with participation encouraged from attendees.

Design West Michigan is a nonprofit organization that explores design as an economic building block for the region. For more on Design West Michigan, visit its website

As a part of Ferris State University, Kendall College of Art and Design offers programs that prepare its graduates for professional lives as artists and designers. Kendall’s undergraduate programs include art education, art history, digital media, fine arts, furniture design, graphic design, illustration, industrial design, interior design, metals/jewelry, painting, photography, and sculpture and functional art. KCAD also offers the MFA in Fine Arts and the MBA with a Concentration in Design and Innovation Management. Kendall is an active community partner and annually provides over 2,000 children and adults the opportunity to pursue courses in art and design through a richly varied continuing studies program.

KCAD is located at 17 Fountain NW in Grand Rapids. Light refreshments will be served from 5 to 5:30 p.m. during this event, but seating is limited.