Design Connect is a professional student organization at Cornell University that offers design and planning services that seek to improve local New York communities. Engaging directly with local community partners, student teams create research strategies and conceptual design interventions.

While the communities receive design services, students experience practical interdisciplinary application of classroom concepts outside normal studio projects.

These volunteer student teams are formed and guided by an all-student board with support from Cornell faculty.

Our History: Design Connect was formed in the spring of 2008 by students as an initiative of the Design & Planning Group and became an independent student organization in 2010. View our Past Projects for examples of Design Connect’s work.