Bridging the gap between sustainable design education and application

Emma Y. Ji, Cherif Amor

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While tremendous efforts have been dedicated to the exposition and learning of sustainability principles, the gap between learning and application of sustainability principles remains unexplored. Therefore, the objective of this study is to provide an entry into the research gap between learning and application of sustainability principles. As a result, the purpose of this study is to understand 1) how much sustainability principles are taught in design schools; 2) determine how much sustainability principles are applied; 3) analyze the relationship between the acquired and applied knowledge; and 4) investigate the relationship between pro-environmental behaviors and psychological aspects. Methodologically, this line of inquiry includes a mixture of qualitative and quantitative methods, including respectively focus groups and a survey questionnaire. Participants include students, faculty, and professionals that facilitated crosscheck data validity. These research findings captured that education for environmental issues in general is the catalyst that can change people's perception to adapt pro-environmental activities or live in line with the concept of sustainability; however, findings suggest that knowledge alone is not sufficient to carry out pro-environmental behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-38
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015



  • Design education
  • Learning and application of sustainability
  • Sustainability principles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Urban Studies

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