Public Interest Design Training Program

There is a growing sector in the field of architecture known as Public Interest Design, documented in exhibits such as MoMA's Small Scale, Big Change and publications like Design Like You Give a Damn. The projects in this sector are unlike traditional practice in critical ways but are an area of great potential for the future of the profession.

This two-day course will provide architecture and other design professionals in public interest design with in-depth study on methods of how design can address the critical issues faced by communities. Training in public interest design is a way of enhancing an existing design practice and learning skills to become pro-actively engaged in community-based design.

Case studies and best practices will be presented and discussed by leaders in the field. The curriculum will be formed around the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) metric, a set of standards that outlines the process and principles of this growing approach to design. SEED goes beyond green design with a "triple bottom line" approach that includes the social and economic as well as the environmental. The SEED process takes a holistic, creative approach to design driven by community needs. This process provides a step-by-step aid for those who want to undertake public interest design. Certification in the SEED process will be given.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand public interest design and how is it reshaping the design professions.
  • Learn to leverage other partners and assets to address project challenges.
  • Recognize how to maximize a project's positive impact on a community.
  • Analyze social, economic, and environmental impact on communities.

Suggested texts: Good Deeds Good Design: Community Service through Architecture (Bryan Bell, Princeton Architectural Press, 2003) and Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism (Bryan Bell, Metropolis Books, 2008).

$1,050.00
 
Processing Fee: $75.00
Registration Expire Date: 
July 29, 2013 - 9:00am
Academic Leader(s): 

Academic Leader(s):

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Executive Director, Design Corps, Raleigh, NC

Guest Speaker(s):

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Professor of Art, Metropolitan State College of Denver
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AIA, LEED AP, founder, buildingcommunity WORKSHOP, Dallas, TX
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Portland State University, Portland OR
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Associate Professor, Mississippi State University, Biloxi, MS
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Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior Unit, Harvard Business School, Cambridge, MA
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Tutor de Doctorado, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
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FAIA, Principal-in-Charge, Szostak Design, Chapel Hill, NC.
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Ph.D., director, Center for Sustainable Development, The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture

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