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|
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, California State University, Northridge, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Assistant Professor, Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management, California State University, Northridge, Northridge, CA, USA
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