Thinking Creatively

Kean University Students Design PTSD Solutions

More than 230 students and professionals, including industrial designers, participated in a design competition at Kean University's Thinking Creatively Conference.

Produced and hosted by Gruskin Group, an integrated design firm in Springfield, NJ, "Let's Charrette" provided design students with the experience of working on multidisciplinary teams guided by professional mentors. Each team developed and delivered a unified concept for a fictional product and service on deadline.

Professional designers mentored students in the day-long challenge to envision and plan an inclusive community environment for people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to feel safe and find physical and emotional comfort in the community and living space for a fictitious development company that creates large-scale, mixed-use and lifestyle communities. Multidisciplinary teams included industrial design; planning; architecture; interior design; graphic design; interactive/technology; and psychology perspectives.

“Let's Charrette creates several, extraordinary learning opportunities for our students," says Rose Gonnella, executive director of the Robert Busch School of Design in the Michael Graves College of Architecture at Kean.

Winning students earned design supplies and books from Herman Miller New York, and will be featured in an upcoming issue of PTSD Journal. Read more.

Kean University has an IDSA Student Chapter; Professor Tim Riegle, PhD, IDSA, is the faculty advisor. He also serves as the coordinator of the industrial design department at Kean.