Interdisciplinary Service Learning in a Design Studio: A Hospice Design Project

By Anubhuti Thakur and R. Dale Conner.

Published by The Design Collection

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Article: Electronic $US5.00

Our Community House of Hope (OCHH) “will provide a peaceful homelike setting to enhance the quality of living for individuals facing the last phases of life, and offer support to their loved ones.” This excerpt from the OCHH brochure exemplifies the goals of their organization. OCHH representatives presented an interior design studio with the opportunity to provide prototypical designs for their proposed hospice home. This interdisciplinary project involved the interior design studio, a graduate interior design student and a professor and student from materials engineering.
Through this community-based design project students got an opportunity to work on a meaningful project as they learned about catering to the emotional and physical needs of a special population. Interior design and engineering came together to collaborate on a project by sharing ideas, findings and experiences. Students also had the opportunity to communicate with a client and receive feedback as they catered to the needs of the organization. The project exemplified the advantages of incorporating community-based service-learning projects in design studios and the need for interdiscplinary collaborations in higher education. The paper describes the project as a model for incorporating interdisciplinary service-learning in design studios, and presents examples of student work.

Keywords: Community Service-Learning, Hospice Design, Design Pedagogy, Evidence-Based Design, Interdisciplinary Education

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 5, pp.199-208. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 931.938KB).

Dr. Anubhuti Thakur

Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, California State University, Northridge, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Anubhuti Thakur currently teaches as assistant professor in the interior design area of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at California State University, Northridge. She has a Bachelor in Architecture from Maharaja SayajiRao University of Baroda, India; a Masters of Science in Interior Design and a PhD in Art Education from Florida State University, U.S.A. Her research interests include psycho-social concerns in architecture and interior design, architecture and interior design education, and historic sciences of architecture like Vastu-shastra. She currently lives in California, U.S.A. with her husband.

Dr. R. Dale Conner

Assistant Professor, Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management, California State University, Northridge, Northridge, CA, USA

Dale Conner is an assistant professor teaches engineering materials and materials science in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University, Northridge. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA and his M.S. and PhD in Materials Science at the California Institute of Technology. His research interests include materials processing and mechanics of materials and composites, with a strong emphasis in amorphous metals.

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