Practical Wisdom in Design

By Kurt Espersen-Peters and Kelley Beaverford.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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In an increasingly interconnected world, designers must consider an ethical framework when creating environmentally and socially sustainable environments. A study of international service learning has led to a connection between architectural community-based projects and the ancient Greek notion of practical wisdom. While the tangible results of the course include the construction of buildings, student journals clearly emphasize the virtues of participation, awareness and respect acquired by living and working with community partners.
A literature review will examine how an educational process guided by the ancient Greek notion of practical wisdom becomes a framework from which to realign design education with experience-based learning and global citizenship. Finally, the paper will offer recommendations for educators who are interested in enhancing design education by constructing bridges between disparate communities on the basis of mutual appreciation.

Keywords: International Service Learning, Practical Wisdom, Architecture and Design, Community-University Partnerships, Global Citizenship

Global Studies Journal, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.101-110. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 232.127KB).

Prof. Kurt Espersen-Peters

Professor, BAA-Interior Design, Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Kurt Espersen-Peters is a full-time professor in the Bachelor of Applied Arts–Interior Design program at Algonquin College. He completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from the University of Victoria and his professional Masters Degree in Architecture (M. Arch) from the University of Calgary. Kurt has worked in various architectural offices and has taught at Mount Royal College in the Interior Decorating program and the University of Calgary in the Master of Architecture program. He is also a member of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada. His areas of interest as an educator are residential design and construction, sustainable design, and architectural history and theory. While teaching at Algonquin College, Kurt is also researching the architectural theory of the Victorian polymath John Ruskin.

Prof. Kelley Beaverford

Professor, Department of Interior Design, Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

Kelley Beaverford is an Associate Professor of Interior Design in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba. She holds a Bachelor of Interior Design (BID) from the University of Manitoba and a professional Masters degree in Architecture (M.Arch) from the University of Calgary. Kelley is the lead instructor of Service learning in the Global Community and the founder and director of Architects Without Borders Canada (AWB). Her research investigates cross-cultural design, human rights, and community development.

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