Richardson Design Center

An Iconic Place

With the goal of advancing interdisciplinary design thinking and CSU’s design programs, the Nancy Richardson Design Center (RDC) offers cutting-edge technology and inspiring spaces to encourage multi-disciplinary and hands-on learning. An iconic destination, the RDC is a unique facility that stimulates collaboration, ensures interdisciplinary learning, and fosters innovation to prepare future leaders with the 21st century skills needed in industry.

The Nancy Richardson Design Center is named in honor of Nancy Richardson. She and her husband Curt, OtterBox and Blue Ocean Enterprises co-founders, donated $8.1 million to the $19.2 million, 45,000 sq. ft. project. Nancy is a 1982 graduate of the Interior Design Program at CSU.

The facility houses part of the Department of Design and Merchandising including the administration and the Interior Architecture and Design Program.

The Nancy Richardson Design Center is a place for...

  • Students who want to be more creative in the ways they think about and solve everyday and socially significant problems.
  • Faculty looking for a place to form interdisciplinary collaborations around design-based learning, research, and creative scholarship.
  • Departments that value interdisciplinary innovation for its potential to increase teaching effectiveness and faculty productivity.
  • Industry partners seeking talented students and faculty with whom to share ideas and design products and systems for a better future.
  • Community partners who need help understanding the nature of the problems they face and resources to design and test solutions.

Learn more about the RDC