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Dean of Architecture gives Environmental Design course at the Soltis Center


- Released on Jan 25, 2010

In early January 2010, a group of 20 students from several disciplines spent two weeks at the Soltis Center for Research and Education. The group of students, led by Dr. Jorge Vanegas, Dean of the College of Architecture, completed ENDS 101, The Design Process. This course focused on issues and theories relevant to design resolution and the creation of new ideas considering future impact on the physical environment and society. As part of this learning experience, students were asked to come up with innovative ideas with potential application to solve real problems. Class sessions were combined with outdoor activities in the rainforest surrounding the Center, providing a unique learning experience for the students. As expressed by some students, “...we did not mind getting wet and muddy, being surrounded by bugs and other animals…being in the rainforest awoke our creative instincts….”