Service-Learning Education Integrated Design Education Through a Design- Build Focus


  • Michael Chan Hong Kong Polytechnic University





design-build, service-learning-education, transferable skills, peer-to-peer development


Different from the conventional design-built projects, the service-learning educational model represents a student led community driven education process. This photos essay delivers evidence, spanning 15 years and various contexts, demonstrating the impact of service learning and its dependency on cross-disciplinary skills. Beyond the social value, service learning fosters a series of interpersonal and professional relationships, amplifying skills and education value outside of the classroom.

How to Cite

Chan, M. (2021). Service-Learning Education Integrated Design Education Through a Design- Build Focus. Cubic Journal, 4(4), 108–121.



Author Biography

Michael Chan, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Michael Chan is a senior teaching fellow of the School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is an architect who is active in a range of design-build projects, amongst whch are the Eco-bridge education project in Shannxi, Gansu, Sichuan, Guizhou and Guangxi providences in mainland China spanning more than 15 years. He was a member of the School of Design’s Service-Learning Task Force, Service- Learning subcommittee and the School of Hotel and Tourism Management School Board, judging panel of Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence Scheme (HKSAR), and the vice chairman of HKDSE Applied Subject Committee (HKSAR). In addition, he serves as member of the Management Council of the Wu Zhi Qiao (Bridge to China) Charitable Foundation and project leader of the WZQ service-learning programme. He is recipient of the 2020 Faculty Award for Outstanding Education Achievements.