Portland State University

Public Interest Design

Department Website www.pdx.edu/public-interest-design/certificate-in-public-interest-design

The Graduate Certificate in Public Interest Design prepares future leaders in architecture, urban planning, sustainability, community development and other fields to aid currently underserved populations through sustainable, human-centered design methods. The Certificate will provide an educational foundation for entry into the emerging field of Public Interest Design, through academic studies and hands-on experience in the field, working directly with communities in need to address issues such as inadequate shelter, food and water scarcity, disaster preparedness and recovery, and economic well-being.

The Certificate in Public Interest Design consists of 18 credit hours of course options from several disciplines, with a focus on the “triple bottom line” of sustainability (social, environmental and economic), ranging from Social Entrepreneurship to Environmental Sustainability to Creating Collaborative Communities. The coursework is anchored by a seminar in public interest design and culminates in fieldwork or practicum on a real-world public interest design project.

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

Clive Knights
Professor and Director
School of Architecture
503-725-3349
knightsc@pdx.edu

Degrees Available