Community Partnerships for Architectural Education

By Kelley Beaverford.

Published by The Design Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Looking beyond the classroom for opportunities to study design has gained popularity with students and educators alike. While many educators write about the benefits of working with communities, few articles focus on the study of partnerships themselves. This article examines key concepts informing effective partnerships outside of the university. A number of constructs inform the article including literature review, critical reflection on teaching and scholarship, and examples from a specific international service learning course. Findings suggest that although each project and context may be unique, there are identifiable attributes in effective partnerships that can promote mutually empowering and sustainable relationships.

Keywords: Community-university Partnerships, Service Learning, International Service Learning, Design Education, Community Engagement, Design-build

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp.533-542. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 766.752KB).

Prof. Kelley Beaverford

Associate Professor, Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Kelley Beaverford is an Associate Professor of interior design in the Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba. She is the founder and director of Architects Without Borders Canada (AWB), an organization focused on creating socially empowering environments. Kelley’s work investigates cross-cultural design with an emphasis on design for the other 90%. Kelley holds a Bachelor of Interior Design from the University of Manitoba, and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Calgary.


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