The University of California College of Environmental Design transformed design education when it became the first architecture program in the nation to integrate the study of social factors into its curriculum. Soon the College’s Community Design Center and the Department of Landscape Architecture adopted the practice.
“Teaching Design with People in Mind,” a current exhibit at the Environmental Design Library, highlights Social Factors concepts in the 1960s through the 1980s as well as their widespread influence today.
Social Factors explored the complex relationships between the physical and the social in design, encouraging students to be more responsive to human needs.
Raymond Lifchez, Caitlin DeClerq, and Ayda Melika curated the exhibit.
Date: March 1 – May 27, 2016
Place: Environmental Design Library, 210 Wurster Hall, Volkmann Reading Room.
Post contributed by David Eifler, Environmental Design Librarian