Tanya Paz / CAMA, Inc. / Senior Designer / 05.18.18

Where is design going?

Building design should focus on creating environments and structures that empower all individual’s in our communities to thrive. From interior experiences supporting health and wellbeing, to the equitable planning of our communities, each of these sectors can either support our health, or be its detriment. We have to advocate in all components of our industry, from building code to design to implementation, each maintains a critical role in creating stronger, more resilient communities.

How can design education be more relevant?

To be more relevant, design education must always consider human experience and empathy alongside creativity.

What are the future skillsets designers need to learn now?

Developing soft skills is a lifetime endeavor. Design school is the place to explore and determine one’s own process, a process that you can carry and evolve with for years after graduating. As designers the more technical tools we are facile with, the greater we can support our clients. We must remember technology is a tool to support our visions, not a driver.

What should a design school do to prepare students for transdisciplinary work?

Collaboration, productive leadership, communication, and empathy are key tools when working with diverse teams.

What should a design school do to forward equity and inclusion?

As designers we must not only diversify our teams, but diversify the clients we support. Bringing in clients frequently overlooked by traditional design into our schools exposes broader parts of our communities to our work and contributions. Design schools also must to play a role in setting expectations for the professional design sectors, ensuring opportunities for diverse graduating students.

Tanya Paz

CAMA, Inc.

Senior Designer

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