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Interdisciplinary Design: The Saga Continues

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Architechtural Engineering Eduction: Emergent Topics

Tagged Division

Architectural

Page Count

11

Page Numbers

22.943.1 - 22.943.11

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https://peer.asee.org/18305

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Brent Nuttall California Polytechnic State University

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Brent Nuttall is an Associate Professor for the Architectural Engineering Department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. He is a registered Professional and Structural Engineer in California. He received a B.S. degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in Architectural Engineering in 1986 and an M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from University of California, Berkeley in 1987.

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Jill Nelson P.E. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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Jill Nelson is an Assistant Professor for the Architectural Engineering Department at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo, CA. Professor Nelson came to Cal Poly with over 25 years of structural design and project management experience. She is a registered Professional Engineer and Structural Engineer in the states of California and Washington. Jill Nelson received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of

Nevada, Reno and a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington.

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Allen C. Estes California Polytechnic State University

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Allen C. Estes is a Professor and Head for the Architectural Engineering Department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Until January 2007, Dr. Estes was the Director of the Civil Engineering Program at the United States Military Academy (USMA). He is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia. Al Estes received a B.S. degree from USMA in1978, M.S. degrees in Structural Engineering and in Construction Management from Stanford
University in 1987 and a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1997.

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Abstract

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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