November 06, 2019

Tom Norquist Named Professor of Practice at Auburn University

Leading the Way in Play Design

For more than three decades, Tom Norquist has been a force for change in the world of play and recreation design. He’s applied his unique understanding of play science to the development of outdoor recreation products and places designed to enhance the quality of life for people of all ages and abilities. From his post on the board of the International Playground Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA), his innovative ideas have been instrumental in shaping the standards that govern the compliance of public play areas. While at GameTime, his inventive designs transformed ordinary play activities into extraordinary experiences that bring people together to experience the physical, social and emotional benefits of play. 


Tom Norquist discusses his life of play and the value of living a playful life


More than a decade ago, Tom began sharing his knowledge and expertise with Industrial Design students at Auburn University as part of a Design Studio. Auburn University recently acknowledged Tom’s leadership by awarding him the Industry Legacy Award for his contribution to the Auburn University College of Architecture, Design and Construction’s (CADC) as Professor of Practice in the School of Industrial Graphic Design (SIGD).


“Over the past fourteen years, Tom has been fully engaged in building the collaborative relationship between PlayCore and the AU/INDD and is being recognized for his leadership in the PlayCore-sponsored Industrial Design play-based design studio,” said Vini Nathan, Dean and McWhorter Chair, CADC, at their 2019 Annual Awards Banquet.

“One of the greatest joys of my professional life has been sharing my experiences with the design students at Auburn University,” said Norquist. “I am humbled and honored that the University has extended this title to me. It affirms the body of work in our Design Studio, as well as the commitment of Auburn University to the furtherance of thoughtful and purposeful industrial design.”

The Professor of Practice, as defined by Auburn University, is a leader in technology, business, government, the military or other professional fields. Professors of Practice may promote the integration of academic scholarship with practical experience and may provide faculty, undergraduate students, and graduate students with an understanding of the practical applications of a particular field or discipline.

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