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Parsons School of Design oral history program ➔ Audio interview with Lydia Matthews

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Wendy Scheir (interviewer)
Lydia Matthews (interviewee)
New School (New York, N.Y.). New School Archives and Special Collections (publisher)


December 9 2011


Lydia Matthews is interviewed by archivist Wendy Scheir in her office at Parsons The New School for Design. Matthews describes her evolving role within Parsons' administration, particularly as related to the development of undergraduate curriculum. Matthews details the incorporation of charettes and other principals of design practice within Parsons' curriculum and across disciplines. Matthews also discusses the development of dual degree programs between Parsons and Lang (BAFA), the launch of The New School's Diversity Initiative, the creation of the Committee for Undergraduate Education (CUE) under Parsons Executive Dean Joel Towers, and the founding of Parsons' Sheila Johnson Design Center. She elaborates on institutional influences on the Design Center — including the Wattis Center at the California Center of the Arts, the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center at UCLA. and the Grey Gallery at NYU — as well as differences within The New School administration about priorities, and challenges faced with regard to space.





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