Design is fundamental to a sustainable future. Designers can help address difficult sustainability challenges and provide ideas for a tomorrow that is inclusive, prosperous and environmentally friendly. Sustainability is therefore a central component of a CAAD student’s education.
Studio-based learning forms the core of the CAAD curriculum, allowing students and faculty to engage with questions of sustainability in a variety of settings, including designing coastal settlements, preserving intangible cultural heritage, raising awareness through a plastic recycling lab, and supporting refugee settlements and migration, to name a few. In particular, CAAD’s award-winning Design-Build Initiative, where students imagine and construct full-scale structures and artefacts, has resulted in work that considers how landscapes, structures and interiors can respond to harsh climatic conditions and the sensible use and reuse of materials.
CAAD has also partnered with AUS Sustainability, the entity responsible for advancing sustainability at the university, to embed sustainability-related thinking across all of the college’s majors.
AUS Sustainability supports CAAD students’ sustainability-focused design projects by providing financial resources through the Sustainability Project Fund, connecting them with relevant subject-matter experts and providing appropriate institutional data. AUS Sustainability also works with CAAD to bring sustainability experts into classrooms, and to have students see real-life sustainable design in action through field trips to best-practice organizations.