Life Design Studio for University Educators

Universities across America are launching life design experiments small and large -- from seminars for hundreds of undergraduates to intimate trainings for staff. The Stanford Life Design Studio is delighted to support this movement with the Life Design Studio.

What is the Life Design Studio?

The Life Design Studio is a 3.5 day immersive experience at Stanford designed to support 3 person teams from institutions of higher education in launching life design prototypes at their campuses. Over the course of the Studio, teams will experience the Stanford life design curriculum as participants, learn the pedagogical methods behind how we teach, and to collaborate with the Stanford Life Design Lab instructors and other Studio participants to begin to build out what life design might look like at their home universities.  The cost of the Studio is $4500 per team of 3 and the Studio is held on the Stanford campus in Bldg. 550 (aka the d.school.) Studios in 2018 are tentatively scheduled for the last two weeks of June.

Attendance at the studio is selective, with applications opening January 8th, 2018 for the two 2018 sessions.


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The Inaugural Life Design Studio in June 2017 brought together innovative university educators in cohorts from fourteen institutions across the US to experience Stanford's life design curriculum firsthand and co-design experiments to launch back at their campuses.  It was a tremendous success, with every school attending successfully taking action around one or more prototypes upon returning home.

We launched our inaugural studio with 14 schools. In 2018, we will run two sessions of similar size during the last 2 weeks of June. Fill out this interest form to be kept informed as details are finalized, and to be alerted when the 2018 application process opens.

“For all of the conferences and professional development out there, the Life Design Studio is probably the most inspiring, insightful, joyful and possibly necessary one for the future transformation of higher education.”
— Devon Skerritt, SMU
MIT tests their Prototype
“The fact the Stanford Life Design team offered this training is life changing. We will begin by using their model with our low-income and first generation students on our campus, [which will] help empower them to navigate higher education. This is the training that will bear fruit for many years to come and change the many lives of young people!”
— Dr. Angel Perez, Trinity College