Campus-Community Partnership in Professional Education: Architecture and Planning Students Reflect on Community-Engaged Courses

  • Rachel KallusEmail author


During the academic year 2011–2012 the Social Hub, a socially engaged research and education center at the Technion, aiming to advance social change through campus-community partnerships, supported 11 courses in the architecture and planning programs. This support was intended to encourage community-engaged professional education, seen as an opportunity to influence how future architects and planners perceive their professional role and impact professional practice at large. A study initiated by the Social Hub aimed to understand the impact of these courses on community-engaged professional education. The study was based on the analysis of students’ reflections, using integrated qualitative and quantitative methods. Findings suggest a tension between the academy and the profession, stressing the role of the academy in developing innovative knowledge that can push the profession toward a more democratic and engaged practice. They point that the support given by the Social Hub needs to focus on learning processes, especially on the extra knowledge professional instructors need while incorporating community-engaged contents in their courses.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Architecture and Town PlanningTechnion—Israel Institute of TechnologyHaifaIsrael

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