Community-engaged design starts with community, either place-based or as a group of people brought together by common cause.
Community-engaged design integrates design processes, community participation, and social responsibility to address real-world challenges and promote positive change while placing an emphasis on collaborative creativity and ethical principles of engagement. In community engaged design, designers (including design students and educators) work closely with individuals, groups, and organizations to identify and understand local needs, aspirations, and issues. Through active collaboration and dialogue, the design process becomes a collective effort where diverse perspectives and knowledge are valued. This model of designing encourages empathy, cultural competency, and a critical understanding of social, economic, and environmental contexts. It relies on critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills while fostering creativity and innovation.
Community engagement; Community-engaged design (CEnD); Design build; Community-engaged research (CEnR);
Community based participatory research (CPBR)
Current Students Working on the Project
Profile Description and Preferred Qualifications
- Candidates must have experience engaging with a community that is not their own
- Candidates must enjoy being and working with others
- Candidates must demonstrate critical self-awareness
- Preference for candidates to have design experience or formal design training
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