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GEL-Lab Design Studio Overview 

The digitally delivered Global Experimental Live-Lab (GEL-Lab) Design Studio is uniquely structured and facilitated by GloWD to bridge the academy and practice. GloWD GEL-Lab Design Studio teams are comprised of multinational, multi-institutional, multidisciplinary (and therefore multicultural) groups of students and faculty spanning the globe. Fostering a culture of cooperation and fresh creativity to tackle problems large and small, student participants benefit from expert leadership and instructor input from around the world.


In this multi-week initiative, these teams of students and supporting faculty members collaborate on a unique project; remotely working together to conceptualize and develop creative outcomes in response to a universal design brief, while building personal portfolios, reflecting on experiences and being assessed for credit.

Embedded within an existing design studio, the GEL-Lab provides a ground-zero for testing ideas and developing new principles by actively engaging students in future-forward curricula experimentation, communication methods, and progressive delivery of ideas. Students and faculty work across world time zones to address global challenges, expanding disciplinary parameters and ensuring applicability local contexts.


Using creativity, design thinking and the foundational design knowledge common to all its disciplines, GEL-Lab Design Studio teams leverage their unique design creativity (as a group and as individuals) to conceptualize and develop creative outcomes in response to a universal design brief. Students benefit from expanded exposure, learning and global awareness and participating faculty have the opportunity to rethink existing teaching methodologies, build new connections and fresh perspectives. 

Participation is coordinated at the institutional level and, typically, by-invitation-only. However, GloWD will consider exceptions. Please contact us if your institution is interested in taking part. Credits are earned by students within the existing framework of their particular institution.

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