Interdisciplinary design education through service learning

Upper division architectural design students have been exploring the design process through direct involvement with the development of “project-based "learning activities in local K-12 schools. The interdisciplinary class combined architecture students from a College of Environmental Design with student teachers from College of Education and Integrative Studies working on their graduate teaching credential. These student teachers are learning to utilize "design-based” learning techniques in the development of curricula for K-12students in the Southern California Region. Architecture students utilized their in-class experiences to foster the design and development of furniture prototypes aimed at providing flexible learning environments for K-12 “design-based "learners.