Experiment in Teaching Sustainable Concepts: Integrating Sustainable Design into Interior Design Curriculum

By Wael Rashdan.

Published by The International Journal of Design Education

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This paper argues that an interwoven process of sustainability, as one of the design tributaries in the interior design curriculum, is the most powerful method to unleash the innovative potential of sustainable concepts in all aspects of interior design. It also serves as a means of marking the concept of environmentally responsible design as an essential design principle, especially for future designers. The study is based on an experiment that integrated sustainability into an interior design curriculum. This experiment was conducted over the course of four years, and was then subject to evaluation via several assessment methods before being officially deemed an essential part of the design curriculum. The study will explore the integration procedures and creative teaching methods that initiated student awareness and understanding of sustainability in different aspects of design and which encouraged critical thinking about the multidimensional concept of sustainability to increase the utilization of sustainable choices as an appropriate solution to design problems. The study’s documentation is based on observing students' attitudes towards incorporating sustainability as a design principle in their projects, and a survey that sought to determine the effectiveness of this
practice as borne out in graduates’ actions.

Keywords: Sustainable Design, Interior Design Education, Interior Design

The International Journal of Design Education, Volume 9, Issue 3, September, 2015, pp.1-15. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: September, 1, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.973MB)).

Dr. Wael Rashdan

Assistant Professor, Interior Design Department, Al Ghurair University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Wael Rashdan is an Assistant Professor at Al Ghurair University.