Vintage interior design University of Melbourne (VIM) has announced plans to launch a new, contemporary design school in the United States, the first in a series of centres across the country to receive funding from the Victorian Government.
Key points:The new centre will focus on contemporary interior design and will be located at The White House in Washington, D.C.
The VIM aims to provide courses for people who are interested in modern design, interior design or interior architecture, and is set to open its doors in 2020VIM will offer courses in modern and contemporary design, with the focus on the design and design-making processThe Vim will offer classes in modern, contemporary and traditional interior designVIM is also seeking funding to build a new building to house the centre in the new yearThe Vims first centre will be in the White House, a historic building on the US Capitol grounds, where the US Congress sits and the president has his office.
The facility will be home to an online and interactive design course that will feature more than 500 students from around the world and the first of its kind in the country.
The centre will aim to provide students with an opportunity to study design and its impact on contemporary life and to engage with contemporary design and interior design.VIM said it was working to raise $60 million through the American Foundation for the Arts, the US government’s major funding body, to fund the centre.
The US Government has allocated more than $1 billion in funding to the programme since it launched in 2015.
“The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is proud to be supporting VIM in its mission to help the world’s citizens and communities create meaningful and enduring experiences through their design, construction, and renovation projects,” said HUD’s assistant secretary for planning and innovation, Jennifer Dzierzinsz.
“By partnering with VIM, we hope to create new opportunities for design students and create a sustainable pathway to design careers.”
The centre’s director, Dr Rene Dombrowski, said it would focus on designing new and retrofitting existing homes to ensure they were up to the standards of the US.
“This centre will help students build an informed understanding of contemporary design,” he said.
“We’ll be able to see the different approaches that people have taken to the building of these historic structures.
We’ll also be able get a better understanding of how people have built these homes.”
The university’s website also listed some of the design courses the Vims aim to offer.”VIM’s contemporary design degree focuses on the history of design, its contemporary uses, and its current state of the art,” it said.