Industrial Design and Architecture Connected Solutions
Thomas Garvey, Carleton University
David Allison, Clemson University
Arjun Mehta, Carleton University
In January 2003, a team of industrial design, architecture and fine arts students from Carleton University and Clemson University were connected across programs of undergraduate and graduate studies, design disciplines, and countries to begin a collaborative process resulting in the design of an improved patient room prototype. It was the beginning of a process and series of studio projects that continues today, and which has now involved over 40 students. Supported by faculty members from both universities, and professionals from the fields of nursing and hospital administration, the student work has garnered awards and has been presented internationally at a range of conferences and exhibits.
The objectives of this paper are to introduce the origins of the collaborative relationship between two universities and disciplines; to outline an overview of the process and experiences of working together; and to present a sample of the design outcomes of the first year of a second project completed together.