CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND REFORMING SOCIAL BEHAVIOR: A Participatory Design Approach to Design Pedagogy

Abeer A. Hasanin



This paper presents a participatory design approach as an alternative model for design education. This is to show how implementing collaborative design affects the design process in comparison to the conventional design studio teaching methods and techniques. It also presents a literature review focused on the importance of integrating cultural diversity and social context within the design studio environment implementing the co-design A review of traditional design studio teaching, cultural diversity, and social behavior issues, their effect on design decisions, and their implications on design outcomes is undertaken. The paper investigates two questions: 1. Does current design education achieve the skills, learning, and training necessary for the students to become successful professionals in design practice? 2. How can integrating the participatory design approach within the design studio affect the design output and understanding cultural differences?


Cultural diversity; social behavior; participatory design; design pedagogy; design practices

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