2013 The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture Public Interest Design Summer Program: Applications Available Now!

The University of Texas at Austin Center for Sustainable Development

The lexicon of Public Interest Design (PID) is becoming a robust set of tools to identify the ways in which architects and planners can help to create beautiful, sustainable, equitable communities, particularly for underserved populations who traditionally haven’t had the resources to acquire professional design services. The summer program will discuss what it means to be a public servant and a designer, and will empower students with the skills they need to apply critical design-thinking to complex social problems.

The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture's Center for Sustainable Development is proud to offer the third installation of its award-winning Public Interest Design Program for this summer. The program is open to graduate and undergraduate students in design, planning, and public service-related fields. The program is not limited to currently enrolled students; recent graduates are also encouraged to apply.

This summer, Public Interest Design Program is offering four separate elements: a five-day Design Futures PID Student Leadership Forum held in Austin, TX at the beginning of the summer, and three summer course options. Students interested in summer coursework can earn credit through a ten-week design/build practicum or a student research externship experience with the San Francisco-based non-profit, Public Architecture, measuring the impacts of pro bono projects.

The leadership forum:

Design Futures PID Student Leadershup Forum - http://soa.utexas.edu/csd/PID/forum.html

The three course offerings this summer: 

Design / build studio - taught by Coleman Coker, Ruth Carter Stevenson Regents Chair in the Art of Architecture at UT Austin.

Theory & methods seminar - taught by Steven Moore, Bartlett Cocke Professor of Architecture and Planning at UT Austin.

Externship in San Francisco - with Public Architecture.

For more information about the program or the Design Futures Forum, please visit our website:


Application Deadlines:

PID Summer Program course series: March 1, 2013

Design Futures Forum: April 15, 2013

The program flyer is included below, and any questions may be directed to the UT Center for Sustainable Development, at csd@austin.utexas.edu.

Published on:
February 5, 2013 - 8:34am
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