Encounters and shifting identities: Students’ experiences of multi-stakeholder participatory design

Harun Kaygan, Özümcan Demir, Fatma Korkut, Itır Güngör Boncukçu

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In response to the changing face of design professions, there is a growing need of integrating participatory practices into design curricula to equip students with the required competences. We have been running participatory scenario building projects since 2010 as part of the 3rd year studio at the Industrial Design program at our university. This paper explores a participatory design project conducted in collaboration with a neighbourhood association and a private primary school in the neighbourhood focusing on sustainability scenarios for post-use. Based on interviews with the industrial design student teams, we investigate the role of multi-stakeholder participatory projects in industrial design education, and discuss the learning outcomes from the students’ experience. Our findings underline the importance of providing the students with regular encounters with multiple stakeholders in fostering openness and flexibility in the students’ self-image as designers, and knowledge of, and versatility in adopting the approach and methods required by the context.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference Proceedings of the Design Management Academy 2017 : Research Perspectives on Creative Intersections
EditorsErik Bohemia, Cees de Bont, Lisbeth Svengren Holm
Publication date2017
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-912294-15-2
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • participatory design
  • design education
  • sustainability scenarios
  • designer identity


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