The History of ID

The history of ID has a rich legacy. Since its founding as the New Bauhaus in 1937, the Institute of Design in Chicago has grown into the largest full-time graduate-only design program in the U.S., with students from around the world.

  • 1933

    Bauhaus closed by Nazis

  • Lazlo Moholy-Nagy

    1937-1946

  • 1937

    Moholy-Nagy arrives in Chicago at the invitation of the Association of Arts and Industries

  • 1937-1938

    New Bauhaus with curriculum based on Bauhaus model from foundation to specialization

  • 1937-1938

    1905 S Prairie Ave

  • Initial courses include Music and Building of Musical Instruments, and Intellectual Integration

  • New Media + Materials

    Experimental

  • 1937-1945

    School of Design continues to explore ways to humanize new production technologies

  • 1937-1945

    247 E Ontario

  • Classes include War Designs and Camouflage; Opportunities for Women

  • 1944

    Institute of Design receives accreditation

  • 1945-1948

    1009 N State St

  • Serge Chermayeff

    1947-1950

  • Courses focus more on Sociology and Economics

  • 1946-1956

    632 N Dearborn

  • 1949

    Institute of Design merges with Illinois Institute of Technology

  • Establishes Master Program in Photography

  • Jay Doblin

    1955-1963

    Photo credit: Robert Drea

  • Professional + Academic

    Planning

  • Coursework includes Environmental Control, Shelter Design, Problems in Filmmaking

  • 1955

    Design Theory introduced into curriculum

  • S.R. Crown Hall

    1956-1990

  • Appearance + Function

  • Mid 60's

    Systems + Systematic Design integrate computer-based approach to solve large-scale problems

  • Process + Computer Supported Design

  • Dale Fahnstrom

    1979-1988

  • Late 70's

    Design Methodologies employed for tackling complex problems

  • 1981

    Professor Charles Owen founded Design Process Laboratory

  • Patrick Whitney

    1989-present

  • Human-Centered

  • 10 W 35th St

    1992-1998

  • 1991

    Established first PhD program in Design in the United States

  • Strategic

  • Early 90s

    Classes on Design Planning + Understanding Users added to the curriculum

  • 350 N LaSalle St

    1998-present

  • 2005

    Receives MacArthur grant for Schools in the Digital Age project

  • 2006

    MDes/MBA Dual Degree program started

  • Iterative Prototyping

  • 2006

    Master of Design Methods program started

  • 2008

    Extends education into business arena through Executive Education engagements

  • 2011

    Executive format of Master of Design Methods launched