Industrial Design: The First Steps at Georgia Tech
In 1940, industrial design was a relatively new profession derived from the work of German designers from the Dessau Bauhaus. Georgia Tech's Department of Architecture recognized the impact of industrial design as a discipline and started offering classes that year. The department even hired a professor from the New Bauhaus in Chicago to teach the industrial design courses.
Soon after, though, World War II had a dramatic effect on Georgia Tech. Armed forces enlistment led to a severe decline in the university's enrollment. Fewer students meant that many courses, even whole degree programs were no longer offered. Within the Department of Architecture, industrial design classes were ended.
The end of the war brought students back to Georgia Tech and revived the Architecture department:
- Opened in 1952, the East Architecture Building included an industrial design lab and shop.
- Bauhaus and New Bauhaus veteran Hin Bredendieck was hired to lead a new industrial design program that same year.
- The program's first graduates earned the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design in 1958.