Integration in the classroom: Structural planning and design

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Abstract

Structural integration in a building project involves technical, design, and communication skills. A free exchange of ideas happens when team members trust one another and when the various priorities are respected. The appreciation of collaboration methods can take years of work as a practitioner to develop. Can some of these experiences start at the university level? And by what means? Can a participatory learning opportunity be devised that will allow students to explore multiple perspectives on the same project? This paper will examine a course developed to try to answer these questions through the use of an architectural design project within a structural planning course. By beginning with an architectural concept and ending with structural analysis, students were able to see the various demands on the project. This course allowed each student to assume the 'role' of the structural engineer and architect within the same project, a daunting task for a sixteen-week course. This paper will discuss the framework, educational goals, and tools for the class. The work of the students will illustrate the various stages of the semester and their reflections will provide an insight into their struggles in an interdisciplinary learning environment. The presentation will conclude with an evaluation of the course that, for the most part, successfully engaged the students in two of the main fields in the industry and increased their appreciation of both.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2013 Architectural Engineering Conference
Subtitle of host publicationBuilding Solutions for Architectural Engineering - Proceedings of the 2013 Architectural Engineering National Conference
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages13-22
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780784412909
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 15 2013
Event2013 Architectural Engineering National Conference: Building Solutions for Architectural Engineering, AEI 2013 - State College, PA, United States
Duration: Apr 3 2013Apr 5 2013

Publication series

NameAEI 2013: Building Solutions for Architectural Engineering - Proceedings of the 2013 Architectural Engineering National Conference

Other

Other2013 Architectural Engineering National Conference: Building Solutions for Architectural Engineering, AEI 2013
CountryUnited States
CityState College, PA
Period4/3/134/5/13

Keywords

  • Architecture
  • Design
  • Education
  • Integration
  • Structural analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture

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    Uihlein, M. S. (2013). Integration in the classroom: Structural planning and design. In Proceedings of the 2013 Architectural Engineering Conference: Building Solutions for Architectural Engineering - Proceedings of the 2013 Architectural Engineering National Conference (pp. 13-22). (AEI 2013: Building Solutions for Architectural Engineering - Proceedings of the 2013 Architectural Engineering National Conference). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784412909.002