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Kean University's Robert Busch School of Design Unveils Innovative New Studio Space

On Saturday, October 25, 2014, Kean University’s Robert Busch School of Design officially opened their new facilities in the Green Lane Academic Building with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Robert H. Busch, the school’s namesake was in attendance, along with Kean University President Dr. Dawood Farahi and eminent architect Michael Graves.

The Robert Busch School of Design offers programs of intensive study designed to facilitate the acquisition of both knowledge and skills, providing a solid basis for professional achievement. The school’s degree programs in Advertising Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, and Interior Design include extensive lecture, studio, and technology experiences, as well as presentations and reviews by external professional designers. Students are given opportunities to pursue practical experience in their chosen field through internships, part-time employment, seminars and special events, including Kean’s world-class Thinking Creatively Conference.

Saturday’s event recognized the significant contributions of Robert H. Busch to the Kean University community. Busch is Chief Executive Officer and owner of Cranford, N.J.-based ALL-STATE Legal, a division of ALL-STATE International, Inc., a leading provider of printing services and supplies to law firms and the legal industry. He has been instrumental in the effort to ensure that Kean University continues its mission as an affordable, public institution of higher learning offering access to world-class education.

The award-winning Gruskin Group™ designed Green Lane building provides a ideal setting for learning and collaboration. “We are influenced by the whole building, grand and minute at once, often without even being aware of it,” Kean University Professor Alan Robbins observed.

Recently a group of graphic design students developed a photo essay highlighting the Green Lane academic building’s stunning architecture. Professor Alan Robbins said, “it was inspiring to see students lying in corners, looking up and down and sideways, or suddenly realizing that a shadow or a reflection was captivating. Pure exploration.” The building serves as both canvas and muse, influencing and providing a backdrop for a diverse array of student projects.

Designed to facilitate new ways for students and faculty to interact, socialize, engage, learn, and study, both in and outside the classroom, the Green Lane building features numerous lounges, breakout spaces, intimate nooks and outdoor terraces. Part of Kean’s University Boulevard project, a collaboration with the neighboring municipalities of Elizabeth, Union and Hillside to beautify and revitalize the area, the Green Lane building provides an iconic gateway to Kean’s Union campus and sets the stage for the surrounding area’s emergence as a hip shopping and dining destination.

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