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Faculty Collaboration On Documenting Our New School Of Architecture

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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June 22, 2008

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June 22, 2008

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June 25, 2008



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Instructional Innovations in AEC Education

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13.607.1 - 13.607.10



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John Phillips Oklahoma State University

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John Phillips is an Associate Professor in Oklahoma State University's School of Architecture. He teaches Analysis I, Foundations, Structures: Timber Steel & Concrete, Steel II, Steel III and team teaches in the Comprehensive Design Studio. Professor Phillips is a registered engineer in the state of Texas and acts as a structural consultant for Brown Engineering P.C. in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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Faculty Collaboration on Documenting Our New School of Architecture


What happens when the opportunity arises to use the expansion and renovation of one’s own School of Architecture as a teaching tool? The School of Architecture was recently awarded a 14.8 million dollar grant for the expansion and renovation of our current facility. The two year schedule for construction of the building was preceded by several years of applying for the grant and working through conceptual and preliminary design. In using the project as an educational tool, many topics could be included such as architectural, structural and HVAC design; budgeting and construction issues, and management of the project. Each of these topics, along with many others, could potentially be used as real life examples of the process of architecture, engineering and construction. The question is how to go about deciding the limits of what could or should be used in the classroom, and determining how to go about documenting the process at this time. This paper will look at the collaborative process of planning for the use of the project as a teaching tool, and arrive at a decision on the material that will be documented to be utilized in using the expansion and renovation of the School of Architecture as an educational experience for our students. Introduction With an enrollment of 22,000 students, the main campus of Oklahoma State University includes the School of Architecture as part of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. The focus of the school is to educate students who will be leaders in the professions of Architecture and Architectural Engineering. Both the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited Architecture degree and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited Architectural Engineering degree are five year Bachelors programs. Upon graduation from this school of practice based education our students enter the professions of architecture and structural engineering as productive interns. The School of Architecture has an enrollment of approximately 325 students along with 17 tenured and tenure track professors for the teaching of Architecture and Architectural Engineering degrees. Of these 17 faculty members, 13 teach in architectural design, history, management, and computer courses. Three faculty members teach the structural analysis and design courses, and one faculty member teaches the environmental controls and sustainable design courses. The school has a long history of graduating students well versed in the study of professional practice, and it is unique in its structure of combining the Architecture and Architectural Engineering students in common courses. This combination yields students who are particularly prepared for the integrated team approach used in professional practice. Each student in the school is required to take courses dealing with architectural, structural and environmental controls design. Combining the students into common courses has resulted in our graduates becoming leaders in the professions as they have learned to work in a team environment throughout their educational career.

Phillips, J. (2008, June), Faculty Collaboration On Documenting Our New School Of Architecture Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--3986

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