One attribute has always been at the heart of an ArtCenter education: creativity.

The world’s greatest cultural achievements emerge from it. Today’s innovation economy depends on it. It’s what employers seek. It’s what our graduates offer. Our students and faculty cultivate creativity every day in their classrooms, studios and off-campus venues.

A community of bold imagination whose impact is recognized around the globe, we invite you to join us—to embark on an extraordinary education that will prepare you to invent new challenges and discover new opportunities.

—Lorne M. Buchman, President

At ArtCenter, we’re not anticipating the future. We’re creating it.

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Lorne M. Buchman is the fifth president of ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California, an international leader in art and design education.

When Buchman took office in 2009, he quickly engaged students, faculty, staff, alumni and trustees to define what a great art and design college should be in the early 21stst century. His talent for gaining consensus among diverse constituencies proved key to ArtCenter’s mission-driven growth. Uniting the community around a shared vision, he led the development of Create Change 1.0, the strategic plan that guided the institution from 2011 to 2016. Buchman then spearheaded Create Change 2.0, the strategic plan to guide ArtCenter through 2023.

During Buchman’s presidency, the College increased the undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered and experienced record enrollment. He has recruited a diverse group of distinguished leaders to the board of trustees. His passion and deep commitment to provide the best education possible has generated an unprecedented response from alumni and foundations in terms of financial support. Under his guidance, philanthropic investments in the College have increased significantly to support scholarships and the growth of the campus physically and programmatically.

Among his many accomplishments is the City of Pasadena’s approval of a 15–year master plan informed by the College’s conservatory-like approach to education. The plan will provide the first–ever campus housing in the history of the College, offering a more affordable education for students.

As part of the president’s advocacy for the value of art and design to audiences beyond academia, he hosts Change Lab: Conversations on Transformation and Creativity, a podcast produced by ArtCenter in which he conducts intimate interviews with leading artists and innovators.

Previously president of both Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center and California College of the Arts (CCA), Buchman led the creation of CCA’s renowned San Francisco campus, oversaw significant enrollment growth and diversified the faculty.

In 2000, having earned a PhD from Stanford University and a BA from the University of Toronto, Buchman founded Buchman Associates consulting firm focused on identifying philanthropic sources to develop facilities for nonprofits. A key project was his leadership of the highly acclaimed Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, an international center dedicated to disability rights and universal access.

A trained theater director and scholar, Buchman is the author of Still in Movement: Shakespeare on Screen and has taught and served as an administrative leader at the University of California, Berkeley.

A Pasadena resident, obsessed hockey fan and father of four, he currently is writing a book about the knowledge that is created through making.

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