The new college will open the gates in Wynwood

Wynwood is the neighborhood of artists and technologists. Starting with the next autumn, Wynwood will also be the home of Florida’s first accredited college of industrial design, Miami College of Design.

Walter Bender, who runs the MIT’s Media Lab, and Franco Lodato, a renowned designer who worked for many big companies, are the co-founders of the new college. They will make the big announce next Wednesday at the conference for designers called the Masters of Tomorrow Summit.

The college will offer state-licensed associate and bachelor’s degrees. The curricula will include a mentorship model and nature-inspired design methodologies. Lucky students will be able to attend on generous scholarships provided by Bender and Lodato’s IAM (Industrial Arts and Method) Foundation via donors and corporations.

One of our goals in our model is that the students will be on 90 percent scholarships funded by industry. We already have raised funding for the first cohort of students. We really want students to focus on learning 100 percent, not on how they will pay for it. The work they do will be valuable for the industry, said Lodato for Miami Herald.

The Miami College of Design will seek a new concept to advance the integration of design, science and engineering by taking students through a design process, exploring new approaches and solutions.

Lodato holds 71 patents including one for the precursor of Gillette’s Mach3, and he also worked with Dupont, Coca-Cola, Ferrari-Maserati, Boeing and others.

Bender is the president of the IAM Foundation, and also the founder of the nonprofit Sugar Labs, a collaborative learning platform. One Laptop Per Child was also co-founded by him, which innovated distribution of laptops in third-world countries.
Miami has become a hotbed of ideas. It’s young, it’s vibrant, what we want to do is add to that, said Bender for Miami Herald.
The new building is designed by architect Fred Nagler of Pompano Beach and it’s under construction at 26 NE 25th St.