About HOW Space


The HOW Space mission is to advance creative and collaborative student and faculty projects that engage the local community. The space functions as a window for the community, showcasing what we do at the university and in the college. 


HOW Space is the opportunity catalyst and collision space supporting both the university's and college's strategic initiatives. The space is designed to lead the way at Appalachian State University in openly engaging the community in creating opportunity through creative practice. 


The HOW Space interior was completely redesigned and renovated by 16 students enrolled in the 2016-17 Integrative Design Experience Laboratory (IDEXlab). The interdisciplinary IDEXlab is a rigorous, 9-credit course spanning two semesters. Students taking the course come from a variety of programs, including sustainable technology, interior design, building sciences and business. Under the guidance of two faculty members and two graduate assistants, these students managed all aspects of the project, including sponsorship procurement, lighting and interior design, demolition and construction and more.How Space renderings


Steering Committee

Co-Chair IlaSahai Prouty, Department of Art
Co-Chair Richard Elaver, Department of Applied Design

Michael Helms, Department of Theatre and Dance
Dr. Anatoli Ignatov, Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development
Jason Miller, Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment
Dr. Janice Pope, Department of Communication
Tricia Treacy, Department of Art
DJ Weatherford, Department of Military Science and Leadership
Dr. Anthony Wilson, Department of Applied Design