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At the same time, the research studio or the graduate critique space allows room for reflective insight, away from the day-to-day pressures of professional practice. Risk and rigor are what graduate schools do best. This makes them a productive space for activities such as theorizing, learning from failure, and generating fantastical visions of the future. While the profession isn’t always receptive to the new directions that emerge, this activity helps to advance knowledge in the field.

This is a great time for graduate education. With the right support, students can learn to navigate the instability and actively participate in the invention of their own futures and the future of design—knowing full well that everything may be different tomorrow.

Graduate Education

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