Sustainable (Work)Space: A Grant Sponsored University/Industry Studio Project

By Deborah Schneiderman and Kara Freihoefer.

Published by The Learner Collection

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As suggested by Cortese, in order for the education of the University curriculum to be complete, it “would include working on actual, real-world problems facing their campus, community, government, and industry. The process would also increase group work and learning so graduates will be able to collaborate effectively on complex problems as future managers and leaders” (5). The key goal of the Sustainable Workstation project was to research the concepts of sustainable design and test these ideas through the application of sustainable design practice for the workspace of the sponsoring Industry. The project involved an exchange of conceptual ideas between second year students in the College of Design at a major University and the sponsoring industry. The students, worked in teams under the guidance of their Professor, as part of a course titled Materials, Finishes and Specifications. Student teams analyzed the site as well as the needs of employees who work in the current facilities and then generated design solutions to make the workspace an innovative, sustainable, accessible, safe, and invigorating place. The class was divided into 5 sections, each section investigated a discreet space within the facility. Teams were responsible for creating design solutions for the assigned space. Representatives of the sponsoring industry provided feedback and guidance to the student teams at several times through the semester. The final outcome of the project includes several functional and aesthetic design solutions for each of the 5 identified spaces with a distinct focus on innovation in workspace design, sustainable design and sustainable materials. This paper will discuss the effectiveness of University/Industry collaboration in forwarding the design of sustainable environments.

Keywords: Sustainable Design, Sustainable Architecture, Environmental Design, University Industry Collaboration, Collaboration in Education, Interior Design, Materials and Methods, Materials Specifications and Finishes, Sustainable Materials

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 11, pp.249-264. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.779MB).

Prof. Deborah Schneiderman

Assistant Professor, Department of Interior Design, College of Design, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

Deborah Schneidermnan, RA, is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Sustainability Initiative in the Department of Interior Design in the College of Design at Arizona State University . She received her MArch in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture, her BS in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University, and Joined the ASU faculty in 2007. Her current research interests are in sustainable built environments, Sustainable environments within health care applications and the integration of sustainability into design curriculum. Professor Schneiderman’s firm deSc Architecture focuses in new, alternative and ecologically sound building materials. Notable projects include Ricco/Maresca Gallery, Kerrigan + Campbell art and Projects, and Kansas City International Airport Terrazzo Floor (Consulting Project Architect). Currently she teaches Advanced Interior Design Studios and Sustainable Materials.

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