Adriandahlinmasccc2014curricula

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Adriandahlinmasccc2014curricula

  1. 1. Sustainability  Curricula  and   Careers   Adrian  Dahlin   Director  of  Admissions  +  Marke3ng   Conway  School   Keith  Ratner   Associate  Professor   Salem  State  University   Marcy  Yeager   Professor   Northern  Essex  Community  College  
  2. 2. The  Long-­‐Term  Value  of   Experience-­‐Based  EducaBon   Adrian  Dahlin   Director  of  Admissions  +  MarkeBng   April  17,  2014  
  3. 3. •  10-­‐month  MS  in  Ecological  Design   •  Real  design  +  planning  projects  for  paying  clients   –  scale:  residenBal,  community  +  municipal   –  environment:  rural  +  urban  +  regional   •  No  grades;  leave  with  a  professional  porRolio   •  Graduates  are  excellent  communicators   –  through  presentaBon,  wriBng  +  graphics   Conway  in  a  Nutshell  
  4. 4. •  TheoreBcal  concepts  applied;  classwork  made   relevant  by  real-­‐world  applicaBon   •  Working  with  clients   •  Learning  from  mistakes   •  Pressure  to  perform  for  the  client  or   community   •  Real  porRolio   The  Case  for  Experience  
  5. 5. The  Conway  Career  Arc   Two  funnels  instead  of  one  
  6. 6. Backgrounds   •  What  you  don’t  need:  specific  credenBals   •  What’s  helpful:  design  or  natural  sciences   •  What  you  need   – readiness  to  learn   – desire  to  problem-­‐solve  using  spaBal  design  
  7. 7. •  Three  terms   •  Real  projects  at  three  different  scales   •  Classwork  alongside  project  work   •  Public  presentaBons   •  Field  trips  and  guest  lectures   •  Workshops   10  months  at  Conway  
  8. 8. •  PorRolio  of  real  projects   •  A  proven  Process   – Analysis   – Design/planning  process   •  A  flexible  degree:  MSED   •  Ready  to  conBnue  learning   Post-­‐Grad  
  9. 9. •  Landscape  Design   •  Urban/Regional   Planning   •  RegeneraBve  Design   •  ConservaBon   •  Food  Systems       •  Ecological  RestoraBon   Common  Fields  
  10. 10. •  Wendi  Goldsmith   •  Seth  Wilkinson   •  Ben  Falk   Examples  
  11. 11. bioengineering.com  
  12. 12. wilkinsonecological.com  
  13. 13. Whole  Systems  Design  uBlizes  an  interdisciplinary  team  of  land   planners,  ecological  designers,  builders,  and  educators  that  live  in   their  designs.  We  unify  convenBonally  disparate  fields  to  develop   resilient  and  regeneraBve  places.   wholesystemsdesign.com  
  14. 14. •  Wendi  Goldsmith   •  Seth  Wilkinson   •  Ben  Falk   •  Dave  Jacke  -­‐  edibleforestgardens.com   •  Kim  Smith  –  Sustainable  CommuniBes   IniBaBve   Examples  
  15. 15. •  Ability  to  problem-­‐solve  the  whole  system   •  Find  needs  and  meet  them   •  Say  yes   •  Build  teams  /  assemble  knowledge   •  Innovate   What  do  Graduates   Have  in  Common?  
  16. 16.   This  kind  of  educaBon  will  define  you  as  a   professional  and  shape  your  design  paradigm.   Conway  is  for  Life  
  17. 17.   Fix  what’s  broken.   Save  what  works.   Design  the  future!   Thank  You   Adrian  Dahlin   Director  of  Admissions  +  MarkeBng   adrian@csld.edu  |  (413)  369-­‐4044  

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