Collaborative Education in Integration of Building Technology

July 28, 2015
Session T4C: Systems Integration: Buildings, Environment, Law — Room 106
2:45 pm  -  3:45 pm

Due to the paradigm shift in the past decade, the integration of sustainability into the curricula for architects and architectural education has been promoted. It would appear that architec¬tural technology has been gaining more relevance within our architectural programs. With new de¬velopments in design delivery methods (through Building Information Modeling), growing interest in making our buildings more sustainable and practice-driven research, building technologies seem to be an integral part of the architectural curricula.

The paper discusses the educational experience of the students participating in the EPA-P3 national competition. It describes the plan implemented for integrating the project into the curricula within the architecture, and nano-science chemistry department. Students were encouraged to participate in the process in different ways: research labs and seminars, special topics, and working as an RA student. Although the greatest learning experience for the students occurred in the integrated design process, the student team members also learned how to interact with one another towards a mutual goal.
The project-Responsive Envelope- provided an opportunity for the development and implementation of new educational materials focused on energy efficiency, sustainable issues, and solar energy. Being part of the team seeing a project from the preliminary design phase to testing and modeling, the students were provided with a true multi-disciplinary hands-on opportunity. The opportunity proved to strengthen their technical skills, acquired in the regular curriculum, via integration of theoretical knowledge and practical experience. This paper outlines the model to integrate building technology knowledge and skills into educational experience through hands-on approach and interdisciplinary academic course.