NewSchool of Architecture and Design
(NSAD) in San Diego has named Elena Pacenti as director of its recently created Domus Academy School of Design. Pacenti—who comes from Domus Academy in Milan, Italy— will lead the development of new global design education programs such as the Bachelor of Interior Design. As director of the Domus Academy Research Center from 2002 through 2009, Pacenti oversaw the development and coordination of design research projects for the European Union, as well as government and private groups in Italy. In 2011, she established the Master in Service and Experience Design degree at Domus.
“The role of the designer in our contemporary society requires an increasing ability to view design from many different perspectives,” says Pacenti, who holds an undergraduate degree in architecture and a PhD in industrial design from the Politecnico di Milano. “I look forward to helping NSAD students prepare for professional practice in design-related fields and learn to adjust and respond to the evolving challenges of this industry.”