June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
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Interdisciplinary Design – The Saga ContinuesThe College of Architecture and Environmental Design at California Polytechnic StateUniversity is the only college in the nation that has departments of Architecture,Architectural Engineering and Construction Management in the same college. Theinstitution has a 60 year tradition of collaboration between the engineering, architectureand construction disciplines, particularly at the lower division level. To enhance thiscollaboration, the college committed to providing an upper division, interdisciplinaryexperience to every student in the form of project based, team oriented five unit studiolaboratory that every student would take. The course is now in its third year and requiressmall teams of architecture, engineering and construction students to complete theschematic level design of an actual building 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.
Nuttall, B., & Nelson, J., & Estes, A. C. (2011, June), Interdisciplinary Design: The Saga Continues Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18305
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