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Peter Rowe’s “A Priori Knowledge and Heuristic Reasoning in Architectural Design” emphasized the importance of heuristic reasoning through problem-solving in the architectural design process. In recent years, architectural designs are demanded to respond to issues beyond the architectural realm, aspiring to expand dialogue around social and environmental concerns. This need calls for design strategies that include multi-disciplinary and cross-sectional research processes. During the past spring semester, this author had an opportunity to employ heuristic reasoning in the architectural design process through mentoring students from two programs, Vassar College’s Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) and Farmingdale State College’s Research Aligned Mentorship (RAM). Although the programs are from separate institutions, they share the common goal of providing a learning experience that extends beyond the classroom setting. The participating students have diverse backgrounds, which allowed for a synergetic approach during the research process. Also, this credit-bearing program facilitated experiential learning through engaging stakeholders, non-profit organizations, research institutions, and government agencies. The students participated in a series of meetings with various experts, providing the students with a wider perspective. The student group identified their research focus around the influence of architectural design on social issues, particularly around regional food systems and urban food justice. This interest catalyzed the student group to materialize design ideas for a competition entry and poster presentation at SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC). The design manifestation included solutions for urban agriculture and community engagement. Furthermore, the research continued through the summer research program to expand the topic to include sustainability. This mentoring experience provided new academic content and approaches for the architectural design course, which aims to implement community engagement as a vehicle to create innovative design methods for the next generation of designers. This work-in-progress paper will evaluate the validity of community-engaged learning as pedagogical content in an architectural design course and will define learning outcomes, measures of assessment and continuous improvement, and evaluate social impact.
Kwak, E. (2022, August), Heuristic reasoning through Community-Engaged Learning in the architectural design process (work-in-progress) Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN. https://peer.asee.org/41479
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