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April 20: Carnegie Mellon Design Professor Mark Baskinger Receives Henry Hornbostel Teaching Award

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Carnegie Mellon Design Professor Mark Baskinger
Receives Henry Hornbostel Teaching Award

baskingerPITTSBURGH—Mark Baskinger, associate professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University, was named the 2010 recipient of the Henry Hornbostel Teaching Award. The annual award, named for the first dean of CMU's College of Fine Arts (CFA) and architect of the original campus buildings, is given to a CFA faculty member for excellence in undergraduate teaching and advising.
    
"Mark is one of the rising stars of the School of Design and a significant part of the school's backbone," said Terry Irwin, head of the School of Design.
    
Irwin credits Baskinger for leading the school's curriculum reform "using strong diagramming and visualization approaches to facilitate innovation and consensus amongst his colleagues," and for creating new courses, including "Experimental Form." Irwin said students find Baskinger's teaching style "tough, fair and inspiring," particularly in the area of visualization, where his mantra is "Pencils before Pixels."
    
"Mark has raised the bar in the visual quality of student portfolios," said Irwin, who also praised Baskinger for raising the profile of the school's career conference, Confluence, and attracting the best design firms to interview students.
    
In addition to teaching, Baskinger contributes to the Tangible Interaction Program and Quality of Life Initiative on campus. He also co-directs The Letter Thirteen Design Agency and is a founding member of the EcoDesigners Guild of Pittsburgh.
    
Baskinger holds a master's degree in industrial design from the University Of Illinois, where he held a visiting faculty position in the School of Art and Design. He served as creative director at Cochia Woliner Rhoda in New York City and was the lead designer at the Central Park Zoo. For more information on Baskinger and the School of Design, please visit http://www.design.cmu.edu/.

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Pictured above is Mark Baskinger, associate professor in the School of Design.