Byron Sampson / Arizona State University / Associate Director / Landscape Architecture, Texas Tech University, 1980 / 04.09.18

Where is design going?

With the tools that are available to the designers and the general public the future could easily be limitless. Accessibility is greater to many in terms of what can be imagined can be actualized through media and digital platforms.  With that said, it will be important to remain grounded in relating the user with the wealth of imagination.

How can design education be more relevant?

The education of future designers should be grounded in the skill sets of those that will build it.  Working with and as contractors and laborers can be a rewarding and insightful part of education.  Bringing beauty into places and lives of the least fortunate of us can impart more than we can imagine.

What are the future skillsets designers need to learn now?


We design spaces, see them come to fruition and then move on the next project, all the while the resulting project lives on with the public engaging with it daily.  Art pieces aside, the space has to be maintained and cared for by people that may not share or know of the original vision. Understanding that will be an imperative.


What should a design school do to prepare students for transdisciplinary work?

Many of the oldest disciplines in the design field have been in leadership roles just by default.  I think it will be very important to develop strong leaders that can guide allied disciplines in lieu of taking a secondary positions.

What should a design school do to forward equity and inclusion?

Truly believe that it has value and work to foster that in middle/high school programs in under served communities.  What is given and received in these arenas can be astounding.


The residual pain of exclusion can only be healed by acknowledging what has and is occurring and work to break down the systems that have fostered it.

What other thoughts/ideas would you like to share?

Thank you for the opportunity share our thoughts and ideas. This is very important. I feel that the problems we are facing in terms or our relevance can be solved as we bravely face the future as problem solvers.

Byron Sampson

Arizona State University

Associate Director

Landscape Architecture, Texas Tech University, 1980

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