WDA is pleased to announce William S. Duff, Jr.’s new leadership roles at Colorado State University (CSU) in Ft. Collins, Colorado. In 2018, Duff joined the University’s College of Health and Human Sciences Executive Leadership Council and was named to the Affiliate Faculty of the newly-opened Nancy Richardson Design Center. Duff attended elementary through high school in Ft. Collins and following his degree in Architecture from Cornell University he earned a Master of Science in Construction Management from CSU. As founder of WDA and former board president of nonprofits Young Audiences of Northern California and the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, Duff is excited to apply his experience and insights to give back to his hometown university and participate in the launch of its new program to incorporate design thinking into the general academic curriculum.
Recently opened in 2019 in a beautiful new building, CSU’s Nancy Richardson Design Center features high-tech and inspiring spaces for hands-on, multi-disciplinary learning. Duff is impressed by the University’s initiative to promote design thinking and creative innovation across departments, a step he believes “will enrich the curriculum of the participating colleges.” A proponent of design thinking as a staple of the architectural profession that will “help us come up with innovative solutions to complex problems,” Duff looks forward to adding his voice and perspective to the Nancy Richardson Design Center’s launch and evolution.