Integrative Design and Project-Based Learning in AE Education-A Critical Review

L. D. Iulo, R. Weinreb, R. Aviles, M. Ling

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Abstract

In a news article released in March of 2015, Penn State stated its commitment to President Obama's challenge to prepare students, particularly undergraduate students, to "solve 'Grand Challenges'-complex yet achievable goals to improve national and international health, security, sustainability and quality of life in the 21st century." In this article College of Engineering Dean Amr Elnashai noted that it is critically important to prepare engineers who are trained to address global challenges of the 21st century through interdisciplinary and transnational teamwork. Training students, the future practitioners and visionaries for the built environment, in the art and process of integrative design is a paramount challenge. The ability to collaborate with others and across disciples is widely recognized as a key to success, but there are potential barriers. The authors of this paper see the holistic consideration of curriculum as an opportunity to overcome barriers, while positioning Penn State's programs as leaders in AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) education. Toward this end, this paper is simultaneously a reflection and a proposition. It explores ways to build upon and reinforce existing cross-discipline, cross-college strengths in order to envision opportunities for education that can address "grand challenges" of concern when designing the built environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAEI 2017
Subtitle of host publicationResilience of the Integrated Building - Proceedings of the Architectural Engineering National Conference 2017
EditorsJeffery S. Volz
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages49-61
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780784480502
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
EventArchitectural Engineering National Conference 2017: Resilience of the Integrated Building, AEI 2017 - Oklahoma City, United States
Duration: Apr 11 2017Apr 13 2017

Publication series

NameAEI 2017: Resilience of the Integrated Building - Proceedings of the Architectural Engineering National Conference 2017

Other

OtherArchitectural Engineering National Conference 2017: Resilience of the Integrated Building, AEI 2017
CountryUnited States
CityOklahoma City
Period4/11/174/13/17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture

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