San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
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Interdisciplinary Capstone Design – Architects, Structural Engineers and Construction ManagersThis paper is specifically intended for the advertised session titled “The Teacher asManager: Best Practices in Culminating Design Experiences” in the CE Division.The College of Architecture and Environmental Design at xx University is the onlycollege in the nation that has departments of Architecture, Architectural Engineering andConstruction Management in the same college. The institution has a 60 year tradition ofcollaboration between the engineering, architecture and construction disciplines,particularly at the lower division level. To enhance this collaboration, the collegecommitted to providing an upper division, interdisciplinary experience to every student inthe form of a project based, team oriented five unit studio laboratory that every studentwould take. The course is now in its fourth year and requires small teams of architecture,engineering and construction students to complete the schematic level design of an actualbuilding for a real client.The challenges in creating and executing such a course are immense and fall into threemajor areas: institutional, logistical and pedagogical. Institutional issues includeuniversity support and concurrence from four different department heads. Logisticalissues range from finding open time within the four schedules to offer the course andsecuring physical locations for small and large group meeting areas to the seeminglymundane tasks of ensuring all students are in the correct location and finding commontimes for the instructors to meet. Pedagogically, the course needs a unified and integratedapproach that must be agreed to and implemented by all professors. Traditionallyprofessors work as individuals and team teaching of this magnitude is a paradigm shiftthat requires a significant time and mental commitment.This paper reports on the progress of this course using survey assessment data and directperformance indicators. These same data provide valuable support to the 3 a-k ABETprogram criteria. The variety of projects undertaken to date illustrates the flexibility ofthis course. The paper describes how the challenges listed above have been overcomeparticularly concerning the role of the faculty in the course and the merging of verydifferent department cultures. Finally, the future of the course and the suggestedimprovements are highlighted.
Guthrie, J. B., & Estes, A. C., & Nelson, J., & Nuttall, B. (2012, June), Interdisciplinary Capstone Design: Architects, Structural Engineers, and Construction Managers Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--20764
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