Learning Through Practice: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Architectural Coursework

By Andreas Savvides.

Published by The Design Collection

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Current and proposed architectural studio coursework taught by the author has been looking into the integration of input from allied disciplines in the education of architecture students that is an interdisciplinary approach - a collection of disciplines with a shared commitment to solving an architectural design problem. In implementing this philosophy, proposed syllabi have been revisited with stronger references to materials investigation and structural design integration, as well as by promoting collaboration and consultancies with educators and professionals in the related disciplines of landscape architecture and the integration of public art, architectural visualization, urban design and land planning and development. The aim again here has been to integrate approaches from other disciplines, allowing for a holistic approach to problem solving. The benefits for the architecture students include the valuable experience of interacting with and borrowing from the other design-related disciplines and promoting cross-fertilization of innovative and entrepreneurial ideas by broadening their outlook for the propagation and conceptualization of design research questions. Consequently, both faculty and students remain pertinent and aware of advances in related disciplines while integrating them in collaborative studio work.

Keywords: Interdisciplinary Design, Joint Development

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.143-150. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.433MB).

Andreas Savvides

Director of Practice Alliances, Practice Component, Boston Architectural College, Boston, MA, USA

Andreas Savvides is currently a member of the practice and academic component faculties at the Boston Architectural College (MA, USA), where he teaches architectural design studios and workshops. He is also a practicing architect and city planner, registered in Massachusetts and Cyprus and collaborating with area firms on a number of institutional projects and competitions. His research interests focus on sustainable development practices leading to the regeneration of underperforming and underutilized urban cores, with an emphasis on transit oriented development.


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