Staff Report, @MyCentralJersey
The event provided design students with the experience of working on multidisciplinary teams guided by professional mentors
More than 230 design students and professionals participated in “Let’s Charrette®” as part of the seventh annual design competition at Kean University’s Thinking Creatively Conference.
Produced and hosted last month by Gruskin Group, an integrated design firm located in Springfield, the charrette provided design students with the experience of working on multidisciplinary teams guided by professional mentors. Each team was tasked to develop and deliver a unified concept for a fictional product and service within a challenging timeframe.
Professional designers acted as mentors and guided students who had gathered for the day-long challenge. Their assignment was to envision and plan an inclusive community environment for people with PTSD to feel safe, as well as provide physical and emotional comfort in both the community and living space for Haven Communities, a (fictitious) development company that creates large-scale, mixed-use and lifestyle communities.
Multidisciplinary teams included planning, architecture, interior design, graphic design, industrial design, interactive/technology, and psychology perspectives, to compete and come up with the best solutions as a foundation for Haven Communities’ first development project in Central Jersey.
“Let’s Charrette creates several, extraordinary learning opportunities for our students. The event connects them to the rigors of actual, professional studio experiences; it also teaches the students the great value of teamwork particularly in cross-disciplinary collaborations, and the event creates a broader sense of community within the Michael Graves College and the professional community. Each team has a pro mentor, giving them direct networking opportunity,” said Rose Gonnella, executive director, Robert Busch School of Design at Kean University.
Winning students were rewarded with design supplies and books supplied by Herman Miller New York, and they will be included in an upcoming issue of PTSD Journal. Jon Nathanson, a New York City-based artist, designer and architect, mentored the winning team of Kean University students:
Tyler Arias – Graphic Design Leyda Cubillos – Interior Design
Kofi Dua – Graphic Design
Nick Larstanna – Interior Design
Michael Lynch – Graphic Design Jasmin Patterson – Architecture Ana Perez – Graphic Design Nicole Randall – Interior Design
Katie Tuday – Graphic Design Farren Wheatley – Interior Design