The BC Ministry of Education expects the Housing and Living Environments 12 course to evaluate and refine students' problem-solving skills as they relate to architecture and interior design. Design programs at the post-secondary level have a long-standing history of assisting students in developing design thinking and problem-solving skills through studio-based learning. What teaching methods, projects, processes, and assessments from these environments could secondary teachers implement in their classes? This interactive workshop will examine the connections between teaching design thinking processes in the context of residential environments and its implementation in the classroom.
Paola Gavilanez has been an interior design practitioner and educator for over 20 years. She is currently a faculty in the Bachelor of Interior Design program at KPU’s Wilson School of Design. She is a Registered Interior Designer, a LEED AP ID+C, and NCIDQ certified. She is formally trained in interior architecture and design and a holds a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in communications, culture, and sustainability. Her portfolio includes designing at the senior level for 90+ projects and her published research includes work in the development of teamwork skills in designers and the analysis of multi-disciplinary design practices.