Public Interest Design Education Guidebook: Curricula, Strategies, and SEED Academic Case Studies presents the pedagogical framework and collective curriculum necessary to teach public interest designers. The second book in Routledge’s Public Interest Design Guidebook series, the editors and contributors feature a range of learning competencies supported by distinct teaching strategies where educational and community-originated goals unite. Written in a guidebook format that includes projects from across design disciplines, this book describes the learning deemed most critical to pursuing an inclusive, informed design practice that meets the diverse needs of both students and community partners.

Featured chapter themes include Fundamental Skills, Intercultural Competencies, Engaging the Field Experience, Inclusive Iteration, and Evaluating Student Learning. The book consists of practice-based and applied learning constructs that bridge community-based research with engaged learning and design practice. SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) academic case studies introduce teaching strategies that reinforce project-specific learning objectives where solving social, economic, and environmental issues unites the efforts of communities, student designers, and educators. This comprehensive publication also contains indices devoted to learning objectives cross-referenced from within the book as well as considerations for educational program development in public interest design.

Whether you are a student of design, an educator, or a designer, the breadth of projects and teaching strategies provided here will empower you to excel in your pursuit of public interest design.

chapter |6 pages


Public Interest Design Pedagogy
ByLisa M. Abendroth, Bryan Bell

part 1|98 pages

Public Interest Design Curricula

chapter 1|14 pages

Whole-Systems Public Interest Design Education

Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington
ByJeffrey Hou, Benjamin R. Spencer, Daniel Winterbottom

chapter 2|12 pages

Educating the Next Generation of Social Innovators

Designmatters at ArtCenter
ByMariana Amatullo, Dan Gottlieb, Penny Herscovitch, Susannah Ramshaw

chapter 3|12 pages

Changing Practice, Practicing Change

The Graduate Certificate in Public Interest Design at Portland State University
ByR. Todd Ferry, Sergio Palleroni

chapter 4|13 pages

A Comprehensive Public Interest Design Curriculum

College of Design, North Carolina State University
ByBryan Bell, Robin Abrams, Gene Bressler

chapter 5|11 pages

Connecting Classrooms and Publics

The University of California, Davis, Center for Design in the Public Interest
BySusan Verba, Sarah Perrault, Tracy Manuel

chapter 6|12 pages

Design (Education) to Create Meaningful Change

The Design for Social Impact Master’s Program at the University of the Arts
ByAnthony Guido, Jeremy Beaudry, Jamer Hunt, Sharon Lefevre, Michael McAllister, Jonas Milder

chapter 7|11 pages

Collaborating for Change in New Orleans

Small Center for Collaborative Design
ByMaggie Hansen, Emilie Taylor Welty

chapter 8|12 pages

From the Ground Up

Envisioning an MFA in Public Interest Design at Metropolitan State University of Denver
ByLisa M. Abendroth, Kelly Monico, Peter Miles Bergman

part 2|121 pages

Educating the Public Interest Designer

chapter 9|4 pages

Fundamental Skills

Developing Social Literacy Through Practice-Based Learning
ByLee Davis, Mike Weikert

chapter 10|6 pages

The Edge Effect

ByJohn Folan

chapter 11|5 pages

Preparing to Design With

IMPACT Orientation
ByMegan Clark, Shalini Agrawal

chapter 12|8 pages

Democratic Civic Engagement

The USAER XXXIV Training Center for Special Education
ByPedro Pacheco

section |24 pages

Intercultural Competencies

chapter 13|4 pages

Intercultural Competencies

Teaching the Intangible
ByUrsula Hartig, Nina Pawlicki

chapter 14|6 pages

Creating Design Leaders

The African Design Centre
ByChristian Benimana

chapter 15|6 pages

Teaching Intrapersonal Development, Improving Interpersonal and Intercultural Skill Sets

The Transforming Mindsets Studio
ByLisa Grocott, Kate McEntee

chapter 16|7 pages

Addressing Air Pollution Impacts on Senior Citizens in Beijing, China

The International Urbanization Seminar
ByDeland Chan

section |24 pages

Engaging the Field Experience

chapter 17|3 pages

Engaging the Field Experience

Integrated, Interdisciplinary, On-Site, Enduring
ByBenjamin R. Spencer

chapter 18|7 pages

iZindaba Zokudla (Conversations About Food)

Innovation in the Soweto Food System
ByAngus Donald Campbell, Naudé Malan

chapter 19|6 pages

Building Partnerships and Awareness

Healing an Urban Stream
ByBrian Gaudio

chapter 20|7 pages

Advancing Resiliency

The Huxtable Fellowship in Civic Engagement and Service Learning
ByBenjamin Peterson

section |23 pages

Inclusive Iteration

chapter 21|3 pages

Inclusive Iteration

Participation as Method in Design Theory and Practice
ByEduardo Staszowski

chapter 22|7 pages

“Making” Change Together

Rust to Green’s Placemaking Praxis
ByPaula Horrigan

chapter 23|6 pages

Building User Capacity Through Iterative Processes

Ten Friends Diner
ByEdward M. Orlowski, Julia Jovanovic

chapter 24|6 pages

Examining Collaborative Efforts to Visualize Community Transformation

Alexandra Youth Precinct Project
ByChris Harnish

section |25 pages

Evaluating Student Learning

chapter 25|4 pages

Evaluating Student Learning

Engaging Experience to Create Agents of Change
ByNadia M. Anderson

chapter 26|8 pages

Assessing Experiential Learning in Design Education

The Practice Department at the Boston Architectural College
ByBethany Lundell Garver

chapter 27|6 pages

Merging Research, Scholarship, and Community Engagement

Roche Health Center
ByMichael Zaretsky

chapter 28|6 pages

Reflecting Through Razor Wire

The Environmental Justice in Prisons Project
ByJulie Stevens

part 3|64 pages

SEED Academic Case Studies

chapter 29|3 pages

The SEED Process for Academia

ByLisa M. Abendroth, Bryan Bell

chapter 30|54 pages

SEED Academic Case Studies

ByLisa M. Abendroth, Bryan Bell

chapter 31|6 pages


A Public Interest Design Educational Platform
ByThomas Fisher