This semester, our studio is also working on a community-wide project. There is a common frustration shared across the student body and employees that the dish-drop area across campus serveries is wildly disorganized. In order to decrease commotion, wait times, and to improve ease-of use, our studio – with the assistance of interested Rice students and community partners – are staging 8 successive studio sessions over the course of the semester to work intensively on each part of the design process.
Two weeks ago, students convened for an Open Studio to practice interviewing for the Immerse stage of this community-wide project. They paired off into groups and observed common behaviors and inefficiencies. They proceeded to interview both students and Housing & Dining staff to get a better understanding of the problem space.
With some excellent insights, the studio is prepared to convene this weekend to REFRAME the problem and approach a solution inspired by valuable user stories.
DFA Rice is back and better than ever! We hope to share more with you in the coming weeks.