Toward Sustainable Interior Design Education in Kuwait

By Ahmad Alansari, Robin Wagner and Mohamed Cherif Amor.

Published by The International Journal of Design Education

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Sustainability has not been integrated into Interior Design education in Kuwait. The purpose of the study is to 1) investigate the level of knowledge and attitudes toward sustainable design among interior design students in Kuwait, 2) determine the difference between male and female design students regarding sustainability knowledge and skills, 3) assess a potential relationship among the variables. A survey questionnaire was used for the study as a data collection method. Mixed method approach, both qualitative and quantitative methods, was employed. The study was conducted among the entire population of Interior Design students in the College of Basic Education in Kuwait in the fall of 2011. Interior design students revealed limited knowledge of sustainable design aspects. However, they illustrated willingness and eagerness in learning sustainability. Additionally, a t-test indicated no significant difference between male and female design students in terms of their knowledge and attitudes. The study reported a positive correlation between interior design students’ knowledge of and attitudes toward sustainable design. The study also provides a path for greening the interior design education.

Keywords: Sustainable Design, Interior Design, Kuwait, Sustainable Knowledge, Sustainable Attitudes

The International Journal of Design Education, Volume 9, Issue 4, December, 2015, pp.7-18. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: November 20, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 545.124KB)).

Dr. Ahmad Alansari

Texas Tech University, Interior Design Department, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA

Robin Wagner

Associate Professor, Interior Design Department, Marymount University, Arlington, VA, USA

Dr. Mohamed Cherif Amor

Department Chairperson, Department of Interior Design, Virginia Commonwealth University--Qatar, Doha, Qatar