Assessing Integrating Sustainability Concepts into a Beginning Design Studio

By Jason Walker and Charles Taze Fulford III.

Published by The Design Collection

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

This paper presents the findings of a study that integrated sustainability concepts into a first year landscape architecture design course at a four-year academic institution in the southeastern United States. The study’s purpose was to assess student learning of basic principles and concepts of sustainability related to the design of the built environment. The course framework, which details the variety of approaches used in the class to foster student learning of the sustainability concepts of place, ecological and/or environmental design, social and cultural aspects of design, economic considerations, and design process, is described. The study used concept mapping to assess student learning for the course and for the sustainability concepts. Statistical analysis revealed significant cognitive student growth for the course and for four of the five sustainability concepts. The paper concludes with a discussion of the strengths and limitations of integrating sustainability concepts into a first year design studio.

Keywords: Pedagogy, Sustainability, Concept Mapping, Assessment

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.15-30. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.979MB).

Prof. Jason Walker

Assistant Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi, USA

Jason B. Walker is Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Mississippi State University. He is a registered landscape architect and member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). He holds an MLA (2001) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a BLA (1997) from Mississippi State University. Professor Walker’s research focuses on sustainability in the built environment and pedagogy – teaching and learning in the design studio.

Prof. Charles Taze Fulford III

Assistant Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi, USA

C. Taze Fulford III ASLA, MArch, LEED AP. Taze is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at Mississippi State University teaching classes in Community Design, Introduction to Landscape Architecture, Senior Design studio, and Introduction to Computers for Landscape Architects. His research interests include Regenerative Communities, Design Pedagogy, and Creativity.

Reviews:

There are currently no reviews of this product.

Write a Review