Art Center College of Design

Since its founding in 1930, Art Center College of Design has been a global leader in art and design education. Located in Pasadena, California, Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in all visual disciplines, and public programs for all ages and levels of experience.  Named the #1 U.S. industrial design school by Design Intelligence, Art Center has exerted a profound impact on society and culture.  Art Center alumni hold the top designer positions at BMW, SEAT, Audi, and Nissan, and are internationally prominent in industrial design, communication design, film and photography, and media design as well.  With its long-standing service to the United Nations and other nonprofit agencies, Art Center is also the first design school to receive Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status.

The Art Center-Barcelona Project, initiated at the invitation of the Barcelona and Catalonia governments, revitalizes Art Center’s long-standing European presence and makes Barcelona—with its peerless design history and dynamism—the focal point for a series of highly innovative programs in advanced design education and research.  In partnership with the renowned ESADE Business School, the Project will include executive education courses for designers and corporate managers, as well as R&D industry collaborations, postgraduate training, and faculty exchanges.  In addition, the Project will produce a series of public forums on the larger role of design and innovation, beginning with the Art Center Global Dialogues in March 2008.


Founded in 1958, ESADE is a leader in two areas: the ESADE Business School and the ESADE University Faculties.  Ranked the #1 business school by The Wall Street Journal for the past two years, ESADE has campuses in Barcelona, Madrid, and Buenos Aires, and collaborates with over 100 universities and business schools worldwide. Each year, more than 6,000 students participate in ESADE’s Executive Education and MBA programs, as well as undergraduate, postgraduate, and Ph.D. programs in law and business administration. With its network of 28,000 alumni occupying positions of responsibility in enterprises around the globe, and through its historical links with the corporate world and society, ESADE is a lively platform for innovation, debate, and social involvement.


Art Center College of Design

Richard Koshalek, President and Co-Presenter, The Art Center Global Dialogues
Erica Clark, Senior Vice President, International Initiatives and Co-Presenter, The Art Center Global Dialogues

Mariana Amatullo, Director, Designmatters and Director, International Initiatives
Michael Berman, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Kristine Bowne, Director, Alumni Relations
Peter Chan, Software Architect, Application Services
Crista Copp, Senior Director, Educational Technology
Rudy De Waele, Web Consultant, Barcelona Project
Carles Ferreiro, Director, Barcelona Project
Ansley Garner, PR and Communications, Barcelona Project
Iris Gelt, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Nikolaus Hafermaas, Dean, Communication Design
Rich Haluschak, Controller
Christine Hanson, Director, External Communications and Media Relations
Hannah Huang, Research Coordinator, International Initiatives
Michelle Katz, Consultant, Intellectual Property and Director, Intellectual Property Program
Catherine Klose, Registrar, Art Center Global Dialogues
Winnie Li, Senior Designer, Design Office
Molly Ann Mroczynski, Director, Corporate Giving
Matt O’Brien, Technology Consultant, Alumni Relations
Steve Sieler, Director, Design Office
Chuck Spangler, Web Designer, Design Office
Carolina Trigo, Art Center Global Dialogues Identity Designer
Palencia Turner, Senior Development Officer, Advancement
Nate Young, Executive Vice President, Chief Academic Officer
Theresa Zix, Vice President, Information Technology

Carlos Losada, Director General

Colin McElwee, Executive Director, Corporate Marketing and Communications
Jordi Montaña, Director of the Chair of Design Management
Alfons Sauquet, Vice-Dean of Research and Knowledge


Art Center College of Design

ESADE Business School


CIDEM - Center for Innovation and Business Development

BCD Barcelona Centre de Disseny

Ajuntament de Barcelona - Economic Promotion