The Nathan Shapira Design Archive is a unique and rich body of materials representing the thinking, events and objects of 20th century design. It contains well over 2060 known design books, both contemporary and collectibles, as well as articles, files, documents, audio and video footage dating from 1963–2008 relative to design curriculum; lectures; seminars; and documentaries on topics addressing: design in developing countries, architecture and design in Los Angeles and Italy as well as hallmark exhibits and conferences.

The archive contains valuable original documents related to emerging design theory and practices — iconic international designers who gave shape to the last century. The Archive contains written intellectual dialogues between Shapira and his contemporaries – from Gio Ponti to Henry Dreyfuss.

The Design Archive Collection of the late UCLA Design Professor Emeritus, Dr. Nathan H. Shapira was donated to the DAI department on behalf of the Design Center for Global Needs and the Graduate Design Program. Dr. Nathan H. Shapira, was affiliated with the Design Center for Global Needs as a Program Director and Advisor from 1992 – 2009. During this period, he contributed to many graduate design seminars, lectures and affiliated workshops.

The establishment of this valuable design archive in the DAI department will compliment the efforts to formulate a Graduate Design Research Study Center for Social Responsibility and Community Development at SFSU. The mission and goals of this center would be compliment the honor and spirit of the life’s work of Dr. Shapira.  The objective will be to create a broader access and awareness of the benefits of design as a tool for development of society, design education and community service learning applications.

The Design Archive is located in FA 151C adjacent to the Graduate Design Studio Space in the Fine Arts Building FA 151 at SFSU.

An “Open House” for the Nathan Shapira Design Archive and proposed Graduate Design Center for Global Needs and Community Development is being planned for a date in October 2011. This event will coincide with a Symposium & Workshop entitled,  “Design to Live: Inclusive Design in the Majority World”


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