Asee peer logo

Design for Homeless (DfH): A capstone experience

Download Paper |


2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

October 19, 2019

Conference Session

Design in Engineering Education Division: Capstone Design Projects

Tagged Division

Design in Engineering Education

Tagged Topic


Page Count




Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors


Yupeng Luo California State University, Fresno

visit author page

Dr. Yupeng (Vivien) Luo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Construction Management of the Lyles College of Engineering at California State University, Fresno. She holds an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. Her main research interests include sustainable building solutions, technology use in the construction industry and education, service-learning and community engagement. Dr. Luo is a LEED AP BD+C and a CM-BIM holder.

visit author page

author page

Silvana Polgar California State University, Fresno


Wei Wu California State University, Fresno Orcid 16x16

visit author page

Wei Wu, PhD, LEED AP, GGP, CM-BIM, A.M. ASCE, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Construction Management in Lyles College of Engineering at California State University, Fresno. He received his Bachelor of Engineering in Built Environment and Equipment Engineering from Hunan University in China in 2004, Master of Science in Environmental Change and Management from University of Oxford in the UK in 2005, and Doctor of Philosophy in Design, Construction and Planning from University of Florida in 2010. Currently, Dr. Wu teaches courses in Construction Graphics, Design Build, BIM for Construction. Dr. Wu’s research interests include building information modeling, construction graphics and visualization, green building and sustainable construction, workforce development, cyberlearning and educational technology, construction and engineering education. Dr. Wu has published more than 40 articles and conference proceedings in these areas. Dr. Wu’s research has been funded by regional and federal agencies including a recent National Science Foundation (NSF) grant on investigating Mixed Reality (MR) for career-specific competency cultivation among construction management and engineering students.

visit author page

Download Paper |


Capstone projects are usually designed to promote critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity using the knowledge and skills students acquire in their coursework. This paper presents the initial findings of a two-semester-long, industry-facilitated, and collaborative capstone project in Spring and Fall 2018. A team of construction management and interior design students at California State University, Fresno was tasked to design and build a temporary home prototype for a local homeless shelter to raise awareness of an urgent social and economic issue in the community. The new design aims to create a more comfortable and uplifting environment for the homeless. The project provides an immersive interdisciplinary learning environment with a tangible scope, featuring direct mentorship of faculty and a local architect, collaboration between two colleges, and active interaction with a non-profit organization. The project is evaluated based upon information gathered from student design artifacts, construction process documentation, and perceptual data via surveying and reflection. This paper discusses the benefits and unique challenges of Design for Homeless (DfH) and provides insights on its implementation as a capstone experience.

Luo, Y., & Polgar, S., & Wu, W. (2019, June), Design for Homeless (DfH): A capstone experience Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32601

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2019 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015