FARGO — North Dakota State University has created a new division: the School of Design, Architecture and Art.

Leaders announced Tuesday, Nov. 17, the formation of the architecture, landscape architecture and visual arts departments into one school. Renaissance Hall at 650 NP Ave. in downtown Fargo will serve as the school’s headquarters.

The school's development has been several years in the making, said David Bertolini, dean of the Arts, Humanities and Social Studies College.

“It’s truly a group effort,” Bertolini said, adding NDSU will become a regional player in architectural education.

The first architecture class was admitted in 1913, Bertolini said. Since then, the study has grown, he said.

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Michael Strand will serve as the school’s director.