The unique challenges of the 21st century demand a shift in perspective and skill set. The Interdisciplinary Design Practice Program (IDPP) answers this call to action through its mission to develop the intellectual agility, collaborative ability, and tolerance for ambiguity that are necessary for future leaders. Our focus is to expand the expertise of faculty and students to encompass not only problem solving, but also the fundamental processes of problem finding and problem framing.
To tackle the complex problems of the future, we will need to move beyond the silos of our departments and disciplines. To that end, one of IDPP’s primary activities is the cultivation of dynamic synergies across knowledge borders within and across this institution. We do so by encouraging interdisciplinarity in our methods and approaches. An important aspect of IDPP’s philosophy is the studied integration of experiential and exploratory pedagogical methods across MSFEA courses, activities, and projects.
It is a certainty that, in the coming future, Design Thinking will be an essential criterion for the success of any endeavor. IDPP’s primary aim is to turn Design Thinking into a basic transferable skill for every AUB student. Ultimately, we plan on becoming the design thinking and experiential learning support hub at both the national and regional levels.