Teaching interdisciplinary design between architecture and engineering: Finding common ground while retaining disciplinary expertise

Timothy Li, Asli Arpak, Nilanjan Raghunath, Suranga Nanayakkara, Katja Hölttä-Otto, Cassandra Telenko

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Abstract

Many educators agree that developing an interdisciplinary design curriculum is critical in creating the next generation of design professionals. However, literature surrounding the pedagogical challenges to undergraduate interdisciplinary design courses is limited. In this paper we study the initial challenges in developing and delivering an interdisciplinary design course. We observe from the perspective of the educators and the students in a newly synthesized co-taught design course that combines both architecture and engineering disciplines. Through exploratory observations and analysis of student and instructor feedback throughout the semester, our findings suggest that disciplinary boundaries often influence pedagogical styles despite a concerted effort to create an interdisciplinary course that focuses on design. Despite agreement to interdisciplinary design teaching through shared lectures and activities, individual teaching methods varied, impacted by pedagogical norms from their respective disciplines. In response, students had mixed reactions to the varying presentation methods and critique feedback. This study, while preliminary in assessment, raises many questions about the challenges of teaching interdisciplinary design courses.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication17th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 12th International Conference on Design Education; 8th Frontiers in Biomedical Devices
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Volume3
ISBN (Electronic)9780791857106
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference - Boston, United States
Duration: 2 Aug 20155 Aug 2015

Conference

ConferenceASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
Abbreviated titleIDETC/CIE
CountryUnited States
CityBoston
Period02/08/201505/08/2015

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