School of Architecture

Prof. Jeremie Carvahlo and Prof.  Mark Parsons "Mobilize Design Initiative / ‘Think Tank’"

The Mobilize Design Initiative seeks to form a coalition of design professionals & industry consultants to develop a transforming traveling exhibition. The Initiative would be a partnership between Pratt Institute, Polytechnic Institute of NYU, and Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR0. The transformable traveling exhibition would be created by Pratt Students through a design studio course through working together with faculty and industry professionals to research and apply said research to building a sustainable venue for exhibition. Once fully created, this traveling exhibition will travel across the US to promote diverse sustainable design issues, and attempt to connect individuals to a strong network of sustainable designers.


Prof. Jamie Stein "Water thematic Pedagogy & Research"

Water thematic Pedagogy & Research is an effort to create a sustainable planning practice with regard to water. This is sought to be achieved through the integration of  the Environmental Policy and Sustainability program (EPS) and the Graduate Architecture and Urban Design department (GAUD). Through a series of workshops/roundtables EPS and GAUD hope to help students understand water related issues in a built environment. 

Prof.  Mark Parsons, Prof. Rodney Leon, Prof.  Robert Otani, Prof. Dragana Zoric "Sustainable Transitional Housing Haiti"

The first creative cluster of a long term vision, Sustainable Transitional House Haiti project is the beginning of Pratt’s involvement in constructing sustainable communities for Haiti. The first step of this project is to develop a faculty with expertise on the subject matter to research and develop design solutions for reconstructing Haiti. The goal of this portion of the project is to produce a prototype of low-cost migratory structures and install these structures in Jacmel, Haiti. Once this is achieved, the project hopes to establish a studio class that helps students explore social, economic, and political sustainable reconstruction in the Haitian context. 


Prof. Frederick Biehle "Center for Zero Energy Building: Solar Decathlon"

Center for Zero Energy Building: Solar Decathlon, is a class in which students study design and build practices that focus on low impact methods of construction. The studio class hopes to focus on real projects within the local area of NYC. Furthermore, the class will serve as a case study for the application and participation in the next Solar Decathlon; A biannual competition that focuses on low energy technologies and lifestyles for the residential construction industry. Ultimately, this course hopes to display Pratt Institute’s dedication to low impact building practices and architectural design. 

Prof. Harriet Marks and Prof. Gita Nandan "Green CM/FM Lecture Series"

As part of an ongoing effort to “green” the CM & FM programs, we seek to “teach the teachers” in hope that they will in turn will embed sustainability into their current curriculum. This is achieved through a series of lectures in which advanced green technology and building practices in sustainable building construction and facilites management would be covered. These lectures serve as part of achieving the ultimate goal of the CM/FM faculty including the best sustainable practices in the department. 

Prof.  Gita Nandan "LEED Mini Course for CM/FM Faculty"

A course offered at Pratt Manhattan, LEED mini course, is designed to prepare professors for the LEED Green Associate Exam and the LEED AP Operations & Maintence Exam. The ultimate goal of this course is to help with the overall sustainability goals of Pratt. 

Prof. Evan Douglis, Prof. Chris Benedict and Prof. Roger Chang "UG Sustainability Curriculum Assessment Committee"

Professor Chris Benedict and Professor Roger Chang will serve as consultants for our new Undergraduate Sustainability Curriculum Assessment Committee. The committee will be focusing on strengthening the departments commitment to sustainability through a self-assessment process examining ways in which to integrate sustainable practices throughout the five-year undergraduate curriculum. Professor Benedict will be responsible for making recommendations to our committee based on her extensive professional experience with sustainable practices in the profession. Professor Chang will be responsible for scheduling facility meetings, taking meeting minutes, evaluating the compilation of faculty recommendation and helping to write a final report and will be presented to the all-school's Governing Group. 


Prof. Chris Benedict and Prof. Roger Change "UG Sustainability Curriculum Assessment Committee" 

Professor Chris Benedict and Professor Roger Change will serve as consultants for our new Undergraduate Sustainability Curriculum Assessment Committee. The committee will be focusing on strengthening the departments commitment to sustainability through a self-assessment process examining ways in which to integrate sustainable practices throughout the five-year undergraduate curriculum. Professor Benedict will be responsible for making recommendations to our committee based on her extensive professional experience with sustainable practices in the profession. Professor Change will be responsible for scheduling facility meetings, taking meeting minutes, evaluating the compilation of faculty recommendation and helping to write a final report and will be presented to the all-school's Governing Group.


Prof. Jeff Hogrefe “Sustainability Arch-writing Project”

Prof. Jeff Hogrefe, Prof. John Gendall, Prof. Emily Beall and Prof. Kristin Pape will be working to revise the current architecture reading curriculum to address the issues of sustainability. They will be focusing on ecology and ethics as the key terms can deepen and enhance close reading practices that can encourage a discussion in the same vein as race, class and gender--ecology and ethics as the summary end point for the types of reading practices that we have encouraged here at Pratt.


Prof. Ron Shiffman “The Rockaway Collaboration”

Prof. Shiffman, Professors Eve Baron and Professor Winston Von Engem teach an undergraduate architecture course entitled Introduction to Planning. The three sections are collaborating on a one-semester planning project in Far Rockaway, Queens with a focus on sustainable planning and urban design issues. The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance in collaboration with local public schools teaches community members environmental stewardship, will be the client and will work closely with faculty and students. The Municipal Art Society Planning Center is providing oversight and instruction in community mapping. 

Update: The two-semester class emphasis was on rising sea level the problems of mitigating global warming and adapting to the impacts of global climate change already underway. Lecturer focusing on the planning and sustainability issues were presented by Landscape Architects, the Municipal Art Society, New Civic Works and the Earth Science Center. The students not only learned of the issues and the technical aspects of environmental planning for a sustainable community but they learned about the political and cost implications of action versus non-action.


Prof. Meta Brunzema/Prof. Viren Brahmbatt “Net-Zero Carbon District”

Prof. Brunzema and Prof. Brahmbatt are developing a cross-disciplinary, co-taught program that addresses the issue of a “net-zero carbon district” in Central Brooklyn looking at housing, infrastructure and educational/public institutions in and around the Pratt/Bedford-Stuyvesant vicinity. The course is envisioned as a yearlong program of design studios, conferences, seminars, exhibitions and publications. The project’s goal is to re-envision and transform Central Brooklyn, an area which includes a great variety of urban typologies and socio-economic settings, as a Net-Zero Carbon district for the 21st Century.

Update: As part of an Urban Design Studio, students created a plan that would add to a mundane traditional rezoning proposal emanating from the City's Housing Agency and expand the proposal both in size and scope to include State of the Art sustainable planning principles including the construction of 3800 units of housing --all zero-carbon energy producing buildings, a range of distributive alternative energy producing ideas. This proposal will be discussed at an upcoming meeting with HUD on June 26th at the invitation of HUD staff.


Prof. Anthony Caradonna “Photovoltaic lab and materials reuse collaborative”

Prof. Caradonna is developing a collaborative interdisciplinary study into a sustainable, affordable, campus renewable energy, materials and lighting design center. It will link diverse departments, institutions and industry partners in the development of environmentally conscious design projects and products that develop the potential of renewable and recyclable photovoltaic technologies.

Update: As part of this Photovoltaic lab, Prof. Caradonna has set up two creative cluster opportunities. The first creative cluster is in Fall 2009, the 3rd & Bond Streets Sustainable Affordable Apartments project, where two apartments will showcase Pratt design (UG Architecture, Interior Design, Fine Arts and Industrial Design) and will be used as model apartment to promote Pratt and the sales of the apartments. As part of this project Prof Caradonna has created a Photovoltaic Industry Partnership with SMIT’s Solar Ivy photovoltaic card technology, which will be incorportated into the apartment. The second creative cluster is the Spring 2010 semester this creative cluster will link, UG Architecture, Interior Design, Industrial Design & the graduate EMS students and faculty in the design and fabrication of prototypes for photovoltaic, lighting, acoustical, seating and liturgical elements required in the chapel.


Chair Evan Douglis “Sustainability curriculum audit in undergraduate architecture”

Chair Douglis is examining the entire curriculum matrix of the undergraduate architecture program in its entirety in order to identify a series of current practices that could be strengthened. He is establishing a “curriculum sustainable assessment committee” which will serve as a catalyst for sustainable practices. The program will publicy disseminate curricular material in the form of mini-publications, public lectures, and or web based reference tools. The internal assessment and the reference documentation will form a basis for demonstrating the programs continued development of sustainable practice within the curriculum for the NAAB visit in the Fall of 2009.


Prof. Alex Barker/Prof. Nico Kienzl “Comprehensive Architecture Project” 

Prof. Barker and Prof. Kienzl are integrating sustainability into their undergraduate Architecture course entitled the "Comprehensive Architecture Project". They are researching emerging digital technologies that will enable students to develop building components that integrate environmental, structural, and enclosure systems. The course will broaden student exposure to analytical software (like IFC) that can be used to evaluate the sustainable potential of their design projects. And finally, it will expand the students’ knowledge of both passive and active environmental systems and their potentialities for architectural development.


Prof. Catherine Ingraham “Architecture and the Matter of Nature” 

Prof. Ingraham is developing an elective course on large scale ecologies in the graduate Architecture program entitled, “Architecture and the Matter of Nature.” It will frame sustainability as a new conversation between architectural design, expansive energy systems (i.e. ‘life’), informational and knowledge systems (i.e. ‘culture’) infrastructure, new material technologies, and computational potentials. It will help students understand that ‘sustainability’ in architecture is not simply a matter of using green materials but also a matter of negotiating different frames of reference and incompatible logics.

Update: Two courses were taught in the spring semester of 2009. The first course, “Architecture and Biomodernity,” for post-professional architecture students, explored questions of sustainability through systems of economy and justice. The second entitled “Architecture and Plasticity” for Masters of Architecture students, was more directly related to questions of material and “life” sustainability. The course was designed to look at current architectural work, which is using sophisticated computational techniques to model dynamic (i.e. plastic) systems, in light of the large material and life systems that architecture typically looks at in urban projects, but also the question of life routinely considered in smaller scale projects.


Prof. Carol Reznikoff “Integrating sustainability into Facilities Management Curriculum” 

Prof. Reznikoff will study and review the current Master of Facilities Management curriculum and determine where sustainability integration is appropriate. Specifically, she will refresh the curriculum by suggesting new courses that will better equip Facilities Management students to deal with the vast changes in the way new and existing buildings need to be managed and maintained. Professor Reznikoff has also been funded to attend and report on the 2008 Green Build Conference in Boston.

Update: As part of the FM Department curriculum review, Prof. Reznikoff determined ways to incorporate sustainability. Firstly, the FM Department hired a professor to teach a course in sustainability staring in Fall 2009 and review each syllabus to determine where sustainability could be included but realized that it did not make sense to include it in all courses. The true challenge is educating the educators to include the issues when appropriate. In addition to review the FM Department curriculum, Prof. Reznikoff attended the 2008 GreenBuild Conference, where the entire event was planned as a model green event for everything from food, exhibits, printing, registration, recycling, hotels and the carbon emissions produced were then offsets. The conference consisted of many speakers including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Janie Benyus.


Prof. Mark Parsons “Mobilize Design”

Prof. Parsons will develop the organizational framework for “Mobilize Design” a traveling exhibit on renewable energy solutions and sustainable design. He is collaborating with exhibit design, communications design, and industrial design to create an experience which will showcase Pratt’s work to the New York City community and eventually to other educational institutions throughout America in partnership with Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility. Design and production of the vehicle will provide a broad range of interdisciplinary exposure for students as well as practical lessons in research and application of progressive, sustainable design principles. 

Update: Due to economic difficulty in original sponsorship the Mobilize Design program adapted into a course titled Fabric: Form and Performance. The new sponsor for this program would be Sperry Sails. Working closely with the sponsor and other guest lecturers, students learned about Photovoltaic cell arrays, battery systems, Organic LED’s and their potential applications, as well as gaining an intimate knowledge through the sponsorship of CNC cutting and assembly of tensile fabric structures. Individual student proposals were produced, honed, and collectively considered for the final project and production of the semester: the Light Canopy. The Light Canopy is designed to be a tensile, 80 module, multi-state light filtration surface with invertible apertures that allow variable compositions of direct or reflected sunlight. The material and CNC assembly process was donated by sponsor Sperry Sails. The Light Canopy was installed on a Manhattan rooftop, on the campus of Pratt Institute, and is presently installed in the Steven Holl designed center section of the Architecture Department for Mark Parsons’ lecture on the Light Canopy design process for the exhibition “Fabrications 1” which celebrates and highlights applications of CNC technology and sustainability. The Light Canopy and collaborative student process was also published recently in Fabric Architecture Magazine under the “Sustainable Design” category.


School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Prof.  Peter Nekola "Revising Social Science/Philosophy Courses in Sustainability"

The goal of revising Social Science/Philosophy Courses in Sustainability is to provide students with four classes( The Idea of Sustainability, The Ethics of Sustainability, Sustainability and Development, and Sustainable Core) to give students a better understanding of environment and sustainability in different facets of the world. The Idea of Sustainability seeks to better students understanding of modern sustainability movements through they study of historical environmental ideas from around the world. The Ethics of Sustainability studies current legal and policy environmental problems and the philosophical issues these problems bring forth. Sustainability and Development seeks to better student understanding of the effects developing countries have on the environment, and to use this information to debate possible solutions to helping the poor while saving the environment. Finally, Sustainable Core is an introductory class in which the relevant themes of the afore mentioned classes are combined and studied as one. 

Prof.  Laura Elrick "Ecopoetics: Innovative Language Practices for Sustainable Cultures"

Ecopoetics seeks to investigate the way in which language has contributed to unsustainable practices. This will be achieved by analyzing a diverse body of poetry in order to investigate the role language plays in making our world. With this investigation, students also will analyze how language has effected nature throughout history with the final goal of creating a new approach to language that will lead to sustainable practices. 

Prof. Josh Karant "The Politics of Food"

The Politics of Food is a study of the modern food industry and its involvement in sustainability. The study of food is used to focus on teaching the students that a sustainable future is something that they can make. Students are able to lose the boundaries of class, race, gender, religious, and geographical lines through the study of food, which allows them to connect to global sustainability. With this course the students will gain a better understanding of how food and how we eat affects sustainability, and receive the opportunity to create their own solutions to the problem of food and sustainability through ‘real life’ projects. 

Prof.  Nanako Umemoto, Prof.  David Ruy, Prof. Vito Acconci "After Oil: The Hydro-Tectonics of Urban Design" 

Research compiled by the Network for Emerging Architectural Reasearch(NEAR), Focuses on the importance of water in the future and the integration of  that into Architecture. Current research is focused on the concerns of diminishing water supplies in the wake of Global Warming. These concerns are further researched and applied to design. The goal of this research project is to understand how our cities adapt to change and destruction, and then apply that understanding to discover how to use design as a vehicle for discovering new possibilities of life. 

Prof.  Uzma Rizvi "Questioning Collapse"

Based on an edited volume by Patricia McAnany anhd Norman Yoffee, Questioning Collapse deals with issues related to archaeological pasts and how humans have dealt with climate change, pollution, and environmental degradation. The man goal of the course is to investigate how past populations have adapted to climate changes, and how the idea of indigenous cultures affect this through agricultural policy worldwide.


Prof.  Rachel Lentsky and Prof.  Christian Hawkley "Cultural Sustainability and Recuperative Poetics"

Based on the question how we can better identify and protect valued or endangered traditions or artifacts, Cultural Sustainability and Recuperative Poetics uses poetry to teach students a consideration of poetry as a producer of culture. The major goal of the course is to introduce the students to the field of cultural sustainability through teaching the students to foundations of the concept, creative innovations in the field, and lastly, through a final project. This final projects tests the student’s skill as the student is to conduct a cultural recovery project of his or her own. 

Prof.  Eric Rosemblum "English 101: Sustainability in, of and because of Literature”

English 101: Sustainability in, of and because of Literature is an experiment in which students take the concepts of ecology to the study of Literature. Students will base their study on Hurbet Zapf’s idea that art and literature have the power to revitalize society when it develops its own aesthetic. The course will also question how artists have used crises in the natural world as springboards for their work through the study of fiction, non-fiction and film. Through these studies, students are encouraged to consider how they might represent their concerns regarding the natural world through their art work. 

Prof. Paul Dambowie "Climate Change and Sustainability in World History"

Climate Change and Sustainability in World History is a class in which students study historical models of climate change and sustainable practices in design. The goal of this course is show that sustainable practices were an important part of life before the Industrial Revolution, and these practices of sustainability may benefit in current societ. Ultimate, this course hopes to provide the students with the information to apply these ideas to their own work. 


Prof. Chris Jensen “Sustainability: the video game” 

Prof. Jensen will develop a series of computer based games that will allow students in Math and Science to explore systems thinking in sustainability. The emerging science of sustainability seeks to supplant individualistic, destructive behaviors with behaviors that contribute to the long-term common good. The program developed by this project will use fisheries management as an illustrative scenario of how natural resources can be either over-exploited or sustainably harvested. Students ability to explore different ecological scenarios will be greatly expanded, and Pratt will have the potential to share this game with other educational institutions for use in similar courses. 
Update: The Evolution of Sustainable Use is Flash-based game designed to be played by two to eight students in a classroom setting. Students act as fishers sharing a fishery, and must make decisions about how to exploit their common resource. Players have the potential to over-exploit or under-exploit their fishery, both of which can cause their fishing village to fail. Playing the game allows students to discover the “Tragedy of the Commons” first hand, and to experiment with different approaches to regulating a limited resource. The game empowers students to answer questions about population growth, predation, cooperation, and sustainable exploitation through an inquiry-based process.


School of Art and Design

Prof. Tetsu Ohara "Sustainable Pratt 2010-2011"

As the coordinator of Sustainable Pratt, Prof.  Ohara, a faculty member of the interior design department, helps to bring together faculty, administrators, students, and staff in order to integrate ecologically responsible practices into the curricula. Since October of 2005 Sustainable Pratt has been meeting monthly. Sustainable Pratt hopes to create an informal network for sharing ideas and projects related to sustainability, informing the Pratt Community about sustainable events on and off campus, and to produce and coordinate Green Week. Location and time are emailed through listserv. 

Prof. Robert Langhorn, Prof. Julie Torres Moskovitz, Prof. Corey Yurkovich "Green Dorms"

The Green Dorm Project began with a collaborative design studio that took place during spring semester 2009. Interior and industrial design students worked together in the class to design concepts for a “green” dorm room - including furniture, lighting and innovative accessories for sustainable living. Emphasis was placed on designs that were on eco-savvy, cost effective and community enhancing, all operating under the larger thought that "good design is green."

The course's design solutions were created for room 1702 in Pratt's Willoughby Residence Hall, which houses 3 students in 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and 1 kitchen. The syllabus of the course included interactions, field visits, and consultations with environmental engineers, alternative energy consultants and local fabricators in order to increase understanding and push design possibilities for the students. Student solutions ranged between a greywater bathroom system, a stackable chair made from repurposed materials (featuring a 50% weight reduction), and solar power integration.

Update: The Green Dorm project was completed in August 2010 in room 1702 of the Willoughby Resident Hall. Currently, the room, which house two students, is being used as place for people to stay for short periods of time.

Prof. Sebastian Kaupert “Communications Design Sustainability Primer” 

Prof. Kaupert will develop a sustainability primer for the Communications Design program that will be available to all faculty and students as a reference work. It consists of 3 parts: 1) Thought Leadership Framework for Sustainability that enables the student and practitioner to approach key questions with common sense and independent original thought and insight; 2) Case studies (10-15) of sustainable business practices across industries and business sizes; 3) Resource economy in communication design, providing specific answers and examples for print, packaging and POS production, as well as smart use of media, both print and electronic.


Prof. Mike Womack “Fine Arts Sustainability Primer” 

Prof. Womack is developing a sustainability primer for the Fine Arts department. It will show students the distinctive tools and techniques to maintain a healthy and sustainable studio practice. It will encourage alternative material investigations and will provide space to log and evaluate student findings. 
Update: To research for the Fine Arts Painting primer, was based in three major avenues. The first web based, looking at many available technique, and health and safety tutorials and instructional websites from manufacturers and institutions. Secondly was the visited The Rhode Island School of Design whose reputation in the field of sustainability and environmentally friendly design is well known. The third was interviewing a handful of artist that are working in alternative, traditional, and environmentally friendly alternative based painting processes. From this research an outline was created the primer and currently are working with a film group and a web group to realize the final structure of the primer.


Prof. Ann Schoenfeld “Sustainability and Concepts of Design”

Prof. Schoenfeld researched and selected issues of sustainability to present in the Fall 2008 course, “Concepts of Design” in the Art and Design History program. The class is an interdisciplinary design seminar, open to all upper division and graduate students. The new unit on sustainability is designed to be useful for students to apply to studio classes in their design or fine arts majors, and will be integrated into future syllabi for this course.


Prof. Douglas Wirls “The Leonardo Center for the Study of Nature”

Prof. Wirls is conducting research related to the development of the “Leonardo Center for the Study of Nature.” The mission of the Center will be to facilitate the integration of nature study, environmental awareness, and sustainable practices into the art, design, and architecture curricula. The intention is to conduct research into four related areas; 1) Inviting Janine Benyus of the Biomimicry Guild to give a Presidential lecture and to conduct a workshop for students and faculty; 2) Develop a body of information and knowledge regarding the establishment of the Leonardo Center; 3) Outline the conceptual basis, capabilities, functions, and pedagogical principles of the Leonardo Center; and 4) research the physical embodiment of the Center.

Update: As part of the research for the “Leonardo Center for the Study of Nature,” Prof. Wirls has completed a proposal for the center which will be presented to Development in Fall 2009. The proposal outlines the goals for the center, the partners involved, activities/audience, space requirement and outline for staff and budget. In addition to the proposal, In April 2009 a workshop on Biomimicry was held at Pratt in order to bring an intensive introduction of the principles and practice of Biomimicry, and bio-inspired design, to a group of key faculty from a range of departments.


Prof. Carol Crawford “Interior Design Sustainability Primer”

Professor Crawford will develop a sustainability primer for the Interior Design department. It will provide faculty members with selected information that will make it easier to integrate sustainable design information and practices into the interior design course curriculum. It will serve as a shareable guide with annotated web links, material resources, a selected annotated bibliography, LEED_linked terminology, local sites for field trips, news sources for updates, and projects underway in campus classes.

Update: The ‘GreenGuide” rough version was completed by June 2009, with the organization of content to be a combination of published booklets plus accompanying cd’s/powerpoints of case studies and fields trips. In addition the content will be adapted to the CSDS website in a format more easily to interactive on-line access and non-linear self-education. This information was presented to the Interior Design Faculty to address their specific needs and ask for a ‘check list” of concerns, sustainable design items, things to be aware of and how to incorporated these into the critiques and planning of studio projects. This was complied and added to the latest version as an “eco-list” that could serve to direct students’ attentions toward consideration of sustainable approaches in their studio design projects.


Prof. Elizabeth Whalley “Sustainable Art”

Prof. Whalley will be working In collaboration with Prof. Mona Brody, Prof. Cathy Lecleire and Prof. Martine Kaczynski, to develop a 15 week class in sustainable art. The goals of the class will be to educate the students about sustainability as it related to art-making materials, method and final products, to inform the students about other working in this area, to teach the history of environmental/eco/sustainable art forms and to provide students with texts regarding these issues. The class would be conduced as a combination of studio work/research and collaboration.

Update: Although difficult, Painting Processes managed to integrate science and sustainability into the class by the end of the 2010 Sprint semester. In Painting Processes, the students learned the value in sustainable materials in art through a scientific lens. The class helped students to achieve this goal by showing the process in which many art materials are made, as well as encouraging students to look at the sustainable art being shown currently. At the end of the semester the students addressed an assignment in which they had to address science in a sustainable project. The Painting Processes class continues to evolve and refine the course, and it is available for students to take for the 2010/2011 Academic Year. 

Update: Following the structure of their original FIPSE proposal the team has decided that each of them should tackle the research within the topics of materials and practices, historical perspectives and student engagement. In terms of traditional media, Mona would cover the area of drawing, Cathy of printmaking, Martine, sculpture, and Elizabeth, painting. The complexity of experimental, electronic, and digital forms left that area open in that it impacts all the traditional media while having unique sustainability characteristics and problems. Currently each are incorporating the research into our existing classes, by setting a project each semester for the students that would integrate the sustainability issues we present with their own work. This allows the team to test how well certain content and approaches work in a classroom setting and how meaningfully students can relate to it in their practice. Results to come at the end of the semester.


Prof. Jean Davis “Eat at Pratt”

Prof. Davis will run an 8 hour workshop in Environmental art therapy. The students will learn the overview of theory and application of Environmental art therapy, through a group interactive model that will be taught on the outdoor space of the Pratt/Brooklyn campus. Students will also gain an understanding of eco-consciousness, through an overview of appropriate eco-art materials.
Update: Currently looking at dates for the workshop this coming May. If anyone is interested in participating or learning more please contact


Prof. Joan Wittig and Prof. Jean Davis “Group Creative Arts Thearpy I & II and the Integration of Environment”

Prof. Wittig and Prof. Davis will develop two courses that teach a rudimentary understanding of theory and application of group process specific to art and dance movement therapy with a consideration of the environmental impact. The majority of the classes will be held in an outdoor setting that will help the students to gain awareness of group dynamics with an environmental consideration.

Update: Over the course of 3 weeks, the Creative Arts Therapy department offered Group Creative Arts Therapy I and II intensively to art and dance therapy students in Lincoln, New Hampshire.  Students were given pre and post evaluations, information about materials and sustainability, a mandatory and recommended reading list, and experiential directives in class integrating natural and found materials in an outdoor environment.  Students were required to submit a paper to include at least one reference from environmental readings.  This course was taught by Joan Wittig, Dance/Movement Therapist and Jean Davis, Art Therapist.
Professors are still receiving post-evaluations and are in the process of evaluating findings in all venues.  However, within both courses, students clearly gained new knowledge and experience in environmental/sustainable issues.  This knowledge was evidenced in class experiences and in papers submitted thus far.  A good portion of classes were held outdoors – despite varying weather conditions.  This proved beneficial in the overall teaching of issues related to understanding oneself, the group and the physical environment.  Students frequently bridged external environmental conditions to internal states.

There’s a really good energy at the institute, recognizing the importance of sustainability and supporting all the schools and the departments. It’s working internally in the departments; it’s also working from the top down.
Evan Douglis, FIPSE Stipend Winner and chair of the undergraduate department in the School of Architecture