Building Information Modeling (BIM) Strategies: Pedagogical Models for Interior Design

By Abimbola Asojo and Elizabeth Pober.

Published by The Design Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Demchak, Dzambazova, and Krygiel (2009) note “Building information modeling (BIM) is an emerging approach to the design, analysis, and documentation of buildings. At its core, BIM is about the management of information throughout the entire lifecycle of a design process, from early conceptual design through construction administration, and even into facilities management” (p. 1). Interior Designers are responsible for designing functional and aesthetic built interior environments. These design solutions have to be coordinated with the building shell. Revit software, a technological advanced BIM application offers this opportunity.

This paper discusses strategies for teaching the philosophy of BIM and fundamentals of Revit to Interior design students. Anderson’s ACT-R theory is utilized to guide students through the learning process. Anderson’s ACT-R theory focuses on three stages of skill acquisition: cognitive, associative, and autonomous stages. These three stages offer several practical implications for teaching interior design students about BIM and fundamentals of Revit.

Keywords: Building Information Modeling, Revit, ACT-R, Design Pedagogy

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.159-168. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.625MB).

Dr. Abimbola Asojo

Director and Associate Professor of Interior Design, College of Architecture, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA

Abimbola Asojo is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Interior Design Division at the College of Architecture, University of Oklahoma. She has been a professor at the University of Oklahoma since 1997. She holds a Masters in Architecture: Computing and Design from University of East London, England and Masters and Bachelors in Architecture from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. Her teaching areas are lighting design; architecture design and human factors; computer modeling; corporate design; and commercial design. Her research areas are cross-cultural design issues; African architecture; computing and design; lighting design; and global design issues. She has published over fifty articles in the Journal of Interior Design (JID); Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review; Designing for the 21st Century journal; Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) journal; Journal of Design Communication; Interior and Sources Magazine; Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture proceedings; Interior Design Educators Council proceedings; Diversity in Beginning Design conference proceedings; International Space Syntax Symposium proceedings; and the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environment Working paper series. She is a licensed architect in the state of Oklahoma and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). She is NCIDQ certified and is a member of the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC). She serves on the Journal of Interior Design (JID) Review board. She has worked on numerous design projects in United States, Nigeria and Kuwait.

Elizabeth Pober

Assistant Professor of Interior Design, College of Architecture, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA

Elizabeth Pober is an Assistant Professor at the Interior Design Division at the College of Architecture, University of Oklahoma. She holds a Masters in Construction Administration and Bachelor in Interior Design from the University of Oklahoma. Her teaching areas are basic design studio; architecture design and human factors; computer modeling; and commercial design. Her research areas are computer visualization and design for ageing population. She has presented and published several papers at the Interior Design Educators Council conferences. She is NCIDQ certified and is a member of the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC). She has several commercial, healthcare and residential projects in the state of Oklahoma.

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