The Next Paradigm for Design-led Innovation

The Joseph Ballay Center for Design Fusion serves as the transdisciplinary design-led platform to foster a new mindset for innovation across Carnegie Mellon University. 

In the last decade we have seen a significant rise in awareness and demand for design thinking and supportive methods for innovation. However, the widening spectrum of complex social, cultural, ecological, and technological issues requires new ways for holistic transdisciplinary practices that address problems to inspire progress for near and long term positive impact. To meet these needs, the Ballay Center provides the School of Design a flexible platform to establish the next paradigm for design-led innovation that leverages and transforms the existing creative practices across CMU in the arts, humanities, sciences, and business. Founded through an endowment from Professor Emeritus Joseph Ballay and his wife Sue, the Ballay Center expands a formal presence of design expertise and outreach at CMU, and creates a new outlet for the School of Design to advance its unique approaches to problem-solving, collaboration, curricular innovation, scholarship, and research.


Programming for AY 2023-2024 coming soon.


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