Associate Professor of Industrial Design Josh Owen, coordinator of Philadelphia University’s Study Abroad Program in Milan, recently visited the Nuova Accademia Di Belle Arti Milano (NABA) in Milan to speak with design students about his professional work in Italy.
On Nov. 7, hundreds of NABA students and faculty members turned out to hear Prof. Owen (pictured right) discuss his professional experiences designing for Italian manufacturers and to learn more about Philadelphia University’s Industrial Design Program and its student work. Afterward, he caught up with the 10 Philadelphia University Graphic Design Communication and Industrial Design students currently enrolled at the art and design academy, talking with them more about their time abroad over a traditional Italian dinner.
“The lecture was a great success,” said Prof. Owen. “I am hopeful that it will help create additional connections between our study-abroad students and the NABA student community.”
Making several trips to Milan annually, Owen oversees curriculum development and strategic planning at NABA, evaluates student work and makes it a point to stay in constant contact with the students, advising them regularly.
Himself a product of college study abroad in Italy, Prof. Owen understands the value in students’ exploring their craft in foreign cultural environments. “Milan is the heart of design for Europe and possibly for the world,” he said. “It’s a wonderful place for students to see the intersecting trends of design, fashion and more.”