Integrated Design Education Paper

July 14, 2014
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Professional and student architects, engineers and contractors are learning the integrated design process through a course called DesignShift Charrette. The DesignShift format has been created to explore methods and technologies to bridge the independent silos in today’s design and construction industry. Funded through Energy Design Resources, the curriculum has been taught to a wide range of California university students and design team professionals. 

BESS-SB13-Paper -coverThe program was introduced to undergraduate and masters of architecture students as a four-hour class and has evolved to one and two-day workshops for students and professionals. Participants are tasked with developing strategies in a team setting for new buildings that focus on high performance solutions.

The curriculum includes training in: (a) process change in integrated design intent, solutions and strategies; (b) process-oriented tools that create the infrastructure for integrated design; and (c) quantitative analysis tools that provide a network of information to guide integrated design decisions. The instructors address how to implement integrated design, present a process to achieve integrated design, and provide tools that can be used in charrettes and other early design processes.

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