Where it began...

Northwestern University

Liz Gerber envisioned an organization that would inspire students to take their creativity into their communities.


She recruited three exceptional students, Mert Iseri, Yuri Malina, and Hannah Chung, and together with the help of mentors and community partners in the greater Chicago area, they brought Design for America to life.

With the support of Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering, DFA expanded from an initial Northwestern program to include seven other universities in 2011.

Today, DFA is a national network comprising 35 universities committed to design, innovation, entrepreneurship, and the capacity to make change.

Check out the DFA National website!

Design for America

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