"Design belongs at the center of solving some of our most complex societal problems."
Jason Schupbach is the Director of the Design School at Arizona State University. Previous to this position, he was Director of Design and Creative Placemaking Programs for the National Endowment for the Arts, where he oversaw all design and creative placemaking grantmaking and partnerships, including Our Town and Design Art Works grants, the Mayor’s Institute on City Design, the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design, and the NEA’s Federal agency collaborations. Previously, Jason served Governor Patrick of Massachusetts as the Creative Economy Director, tasked with growing creative and tech businesses in the state. He formerly was the Director of ArtistLink, a Ford Foundation funded initiative to stabilize and revitalize communities through the creation of affordable space and innovative environments for creatives. He has also worked for the Mayor of Chicago and New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs. He has written extensively on the role of arts and design in making better communities, and his writing has been featured as a Best Idea of the Day by the Aspen Institute.
Tell us about a favorite project or accomplishment from this past year.
I am so excited about the How to do the Creative Placemaking book of essays I edited and published last year. It provides some great advice about how to have artists and designers imbedded in community. You can download it here.
What is your favorite color, and why? Pantone numbers and Hex codes totally allowed.
Always and forever – orange.
Share a saying that inspires you, or theme song that gets you moving.
Right now I’m jamming to Lorde’s Supercut. Sad but beautiful look back at a relationship.
“If I wasn’t a designer (or in the design world), I’d be ________________.”
A North Korea Scholar. I’m obsessed with how a society could fall apart to that length. Good lessons for us all about how bad things can get.
What’s your superpower, or one you wish you had?
Eh, I’m pretty happy with my normal life.
This year, the theme of Phoenix Design Week is “Design Belongs.” What does “Design Belongs” bring to mind for you?
Design belongs at the center of solving some of our most complex societal problems.
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