ID is the graduate school of design at Illinois Institute of Technology, a national, PhD-granting research university with world-renowned programs in design, engineering, architecture, the sciences, humanities, psychology, business, and law. It joined the university in 1949 and soon thereafter was housed in Crown Hall, the centerpiece building of the university’s Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe-designed campus. In 1997, ID relocated to downtown Chicago, four miles from IIT’s main campus and one mile from the university’s law school.
ID supports IIT’s general education program through its involvement in the reconceptualization, design, and teaching of the university’s distinctive undergraduate Interprofessional Projects Program (IPRO). Using ID methods, all undergraduate students in either their third or fourth year spend an entire semester identifying an opportunity space, defining a problem, conducting research and analysis, and developing concepts that are then prototyped and shared with real stakeholders.