Title: Thailand

Patrick Brandon
Eric DeFeo
Carolina Garzon
Kenneth Liew


University of Pennsylvania Integrated Product Design
University of Maryland School of Architecture
Chulalongkorn University (Thailand)
Thammasat University
Di Design (Thailand)
GDiD (Thailand)


In 2012, IPD partnered with Gensler and traveled to Bangkok, Thailand. We conducted research in canal-side slums to develop housing and community concepts aimed at improving quality of life and helping communities’ reach their potential. Ultimately, our solutions focused on supporting income generation, growth and adaptability, improving the urban environment and increasing communication and connectivity within the communities and with the outside world. Together, students from the four universities designed a housing concept, a community center and products that community members could produce and sell.

Thailand UPenn Product Design School Trip