Enhancing Creativity and Independent Learning of Architectural Technology Students through the use of a Real Life Design Competition Module

Heather Bibbings, Piotr Bieluga

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Abstract

Upon request of the Architectural Technology Students, we developed a module that used a real-life competition design project at its core. Developed with sustainability and environmental awareness in mind, the students were required to evaluate the site, materials and energy of their designs and, competing as groups, adapt them to maximize the functionality of the brief.

This module enabled students to gain insight into collaborative processes, both with each other as well as others in the design team very early in their professional education. The brief set has enabled students to increase their knowledge and research skills and through Kolb’s cycle of action and reflection, encouraged them to find help not only within the department but also outside of the course, promoting interdisciplinary collaboration and a broader understanding of the real-life design process. The two finalists then had the experience of an actual client and design team presentation, followed by the judging panel questioning them about their work before deciding on the winner.

This paper gives both staff and student viewpoints of the project and process as well as outcomes of the experiment. The paper will be jointly written and presented by both staff and student participants.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2017
EventPassive Low Energy Architecture 2017: Design to Thrive - Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Jul 20175 Jul 2017
https://plea2017.net

Conference

ConferencePassive Low Energy Architecture 2017
Abbreviated titlePLEA 2017
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityEdinburgh
Period3/07/175/07/17
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Keywords

  • Activity-Led Learning
  • Collaboration
  • Architectural Technology
  • Design
  • INNOVATION

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    Enhancing Creativity and Independent Learning of Architectural Technology Students through the use of a Real Life Design Competition Module

    Bibbings, H., Bieluga, P. & Mills, C., 1 Mar 2018, In : Archnet-IJAR. 12, 1, p. 376-387 12 p.

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    Bibbings, H., & Bieluga, P. (2017). Enhancing Creativity and Independent Learning of Architectural Technology Students through the use of a Real Life Design Competition Module. Paper presented at Passive Low Energy Architecture 2017, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.