ASU launched an academic partnership in 2018 with the internationally acclaimed light and space artist James Turrell, placing Roden Crater at the center of learning and innovation. Roden Crater is an unprecedented large-scale artwork created within a volcanic cinder cone near Flagstaff in the Painted Desert region of Northern Arizona. Within this volcano, Turrell is sculpting discrete viewing spaces and chambers in which individuals may experience the light from celestial objects and observe the cosmos.
Based in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, ASU’s Roden Crater academic programs aim to provide educational experiences for learners of all ages. Field labs, design studios, internships, and virtual and embodied learning opportunities are designed by faculty working across ASU’s 17 colleges. This archive is dedicated to the preservation of the student projects created in the multi-disciplinary academic programs connected to Roden Crater.