About Domus Academy School of Design at NSAD

Whether you are a high school student with a passion for making items and spaces both beautiful and functional or a practicing designer seeking to round out your experience with a degree, NewSchool of Architecture and Design’s practitioner-oriented curriculum will teach you skills you can put to use.

Our programs focus on interdisciplinary, integrative practice and sustainable, socially responsible design theory—while providing you with an international education. When you study for a term at our sister school, Domus Academy, in Milan, Italy—an internationally recognized institution for design education—you will learn from global experts and collaborate with top companies and current thought leaders in the field.

pacentiMeet the Director
Elena Pacenti joins NSAD as director of the Domus Academy School of Design at NSAD. She will lead the development of new global design education programs that prepare students for careers in international practice. Pacenti, formerly director of the design school at Domus Academy in Italy,  brings the Domus Academy emphasis on advanced design methodologies for anticipating needs and trends in a continuously evolving society.

Domus Academy School of Design Advisory Board
NewSchool of Architecture and Design formed the Domus Academy School of Design at NSAD Advisory Board to provide counsel on globally inspired design-related studies and their application to professional practice. Board members are renowned, award-winning designers from around the world whose collective experience has influenced many recognizable international and local design projects. The creation of this Board advances NSAD’s mission to provide global educational experiences that prepare students for practice in a diverse and global work environment in the design field.

One of the board members is renowned Italian architect and designer Paolo Giachi, who came to NSAD as a visiting professor from Domus Academy in Milan, Italy. He has more than 16 years of experience in designing retail stores for luxury fashion brands in locations around the world.

Watch this video as Paolo explores Southern California design during his tenure as a visiting instructor at NewSchool.

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If you are ready to take the next steps in your design education, book a tour of our San Diego campus or find out how to apply today and discover what the NewSchool experience can mean for you.