Friday, August 14, 2009

Global Design Thailand Service Learning Project

A group of six students from Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis traveled to Thailand this summer for a service-learning project led by Jan Cowan, Associate Professor in the Architectural Technology Program in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, and assisted by Timothy Diemer, the school's director of international services, who has wide experience in Thailand.

The IUPUI group's current project is the design for renovation of a traditional canal-side market, reports the IUPUI News Center.

Five of the IUPUI students represent the school's Design and Communication Technology Department: Amy Clifford, Mary Jensen, Stephanie Richard, Chris Savoy and Yodit Weldu. A sixth student, Steve Lingg, comes to the group from the school's program in Computer Graphics Technology and serves as the group's multimedia specialist.

Rajamangala University of Technology in Thanyaburi [RMUTT] is the partner institution in Thailand. The protocol for cooperation between IUPUI and RMUTT was established when a general agreement for cooperation was signed in 2005.

The 2009 Thai project is an activity of Global Design Studio, an international network of students who apply their skills in architecture, interior design, and related fields in service to communities in need. Jan Cowan and his colleague Cluny Way created Global Design Studio in 2004 as a platform for international service-learning projects. In addition to the 2009 Thailand project, Global Design Studio has existing or recent projects in Indonesia, New Orleans, Canada, Hawaii, and Indiana.


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