Scandinavian Design and Sustainability

This nearly-4 week study abroad program is located in Malmö, Sweden, with visits to Stockholm and Copenhagen, Denmark and is offered through James Madison University. While we travel, we will explore the rich history of Scandinavian design, which is known internationally for its functional simplicity, attention to detail, and refined aesthetic. Rooted in social democratic concepts, modern Scandinavian design and sustainability will be observed through urban and environmental planning, architecture, industrial and product design, and graphic design.

Through studio visits and lectures, we will learn from designers about their projects, practice and research. We will explore forests, archipelagos, coasts, cities, parks, public transit, and museums in order to gain an understanding about Scandinavian culture as well as provide context for our understanding of design and sustainability. Students will work on interdisciplinary projects in collaboration with local partners that explore sustainability in the urban context.

This study abroad will be run as a multidisciplinary experience, taught by four faculty passionate about design, sustainability, and inclusivity.

Instructional Faculty

Dr. Justin Henriques || Program Director  + Associate Professor of Engineering, Department of Engineering

Justin is an Associate Professor of Engineering at JMU. As an educator, he creates curricular and co-curricular learning experiences for students that encourage them to think creatively and engage the world around them to make a difference. He specializes in sustainable and resilient infrastructure systems. He has traveled and worked extensively internationally, creating and running programs in Malta, Australia, Sweden, Denmark, and the UK. His professional experience include leading community-based projects in East Africa and Latin America.

Carissa Henriques || Program Director  + Associate Professor of Graphic Design, School of Art, Design, and Art History

Carissa teaches all level of graphic design courses at JMU, from typography to exhibition design and design for social impact. Her research addresses multi-disciplinary work and human centered / democratic design processes (e.g. participatory design, and co-design methods) and her creative interests address place/placemaking, mapping, memory, analog print processes, and experimental typography. An avid traveller and outdoor lover, her work and research has taken her all over the world.

Audrey Barnes || Associate Professor of Industrial Design and Area Head, School of Art, Design, and Art History

Audrey’s friends would describe her as an instigator and a risk taker. She revels in questioning why things are the way they are, and she brings people together to get things done. She uses the design thinking approach to problem solving to create new goods and services and to inspire action in her local community. Audrey is actively involved in many cross-disciplinary collaborations. Her research and scholarship ranges from the development of tools for collaborative interventions to designing and building experimental musical instruments.

Traci Wile || Assistant Professor of Architectural Design, School of Art, Design, and Art History

Traci Wile is an Assistant Professor of Architectural Design at James Madison University. Before this, Traci was at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Beyond academia, she worked as the Director of Community Engagement at Organizing for Action in Chicago.

Additional collaborators

Daniel Gaffner || Head of Program and Senior Lecturer, Graphic Design, Malmö University

Daniel Gaffner is Head of Program and Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design at the K3 School in Malmö University, as well as the Academic andInternational Relations Coordinator. He and his students are a key collaborator while in Sweden.


This is a 6 credit program.


GRPH 392 Scandinavian Design, 3 cr.
ARCD 392 Scandinavian Environments: Inside & Out, 3 cr.


INDU 392 Special Topics in Industrial Design: Sweden and Denmark, 3 cr.
ENGR 498 Sustainable Design in Scandinavia, 3 cr.


ARCD 392 Scandinavian Environments: Inside & Out, 3 cr.
GRPH 392 Scandinavian Design, 3 cr.


ENGR 498 Sustainable Design in Scandinavia, 3 cr.
ENGR 480 Green Infrastructure and Biophilic Design Project, 3 cr.

Open to All Majors:

All Majors welcome! Please reach out below to us and we will help you determine which courses to take.

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