Teaching environmental systems as design management

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

“The demand for high-performance buildings coupled with new information and simulation modeling tools has created a unique leadership opportunity for young designers. Many Architecture and Engineering firms are looking to recent university graduates to help shape how new design tools can be implemented to support the building design process as it relates to performance. This places the properly prepared young professional in a unique position to shape how designs are conceived and executed within an office.

In order to embrace this opportunity, young professionals need to have the confidence and capacity to be leaders in environmental systems design. This extends far beyond the technical and theoretical issues of passive and active building systems. Young professionals need to be prepared to be design managers. To be effective managers they must be able to: define design problems, be capable of evaluating design alternatives, manage the design tools, be familiar with industry standards, and be independent learners.

In this session Peter Marks will discuss how he uses the issues associated with design management as a lens for understanding passive and active building systems. This session explores how different teaching formats and tools can be exploited to utilize the management process as technique for learning the technical and theoretical underpinnings. Heavy emphasis is placed on the students ability to execute and test design solutions. The emphasis on execution helps create context by which the student can understand the content, and it provides them with the confidence and experience to be future design managers.

How this content is explored with the students varies depending on the course content and learning objectives. This session will address three distinct content areas: passive building systems, active building systems, and integrated design studio. For each content area specific presentation techniques, student exercises, and lessons learned will be presented. In addition to addressing the content specific teaching techniques, this session will discuss how and when to incorporate software tools such as Building Information Modeling and Energy Simulation.”