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A Brief history of Design/Build Education and The Impact of “Learning by Doing” on Architectural Education

Posted by AUS blog on Nov 15, 2016 11:00:00 AM

 
By William Sarnecky
 
The last twenty years have seen the emergence of design/build as an integral part of architecture school curricula in the United States and around the world. In the typical architectural design program, students design a hypothetical project in a studio course. These projects usually lack real-world constraints like budgets, clients and regulations. Design/build projects, on the other hand, present real-world problems to the students, asking them to both design and construct a solution. This approach to design education is one manifestation of the teaching philosophy of “learning by doing” famously championed in the foundational writings of American philosopher John Dewey. The Montessori teaching method used at select primary schools around the world provides another example of this educational approach. Integrating design and construction of full-scale projects into the curricula of architecture schools has leveraged Dewey’s notion of the best teaching method—students engaging with and actively manipulating the environment in the process of learning rather than passively observing the world in order to understand the principles that organize it.
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Topics: AUS, College of Architecture, Art and Design, Design, Design Management, Multimedia Design, CAAD, Design Build

AUS Library celebrates 10th anniversary

Posted by AUS blog on May 31, 2016 9:00:00 AM

By Gureni Lukwaro

American University of Sharjah (AUS) has one of the best libraries in the region. It’s not only very well designed, but it has vast resources to help students, faculty and other researchers find a wealth of information.

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Topics: American University of Sharjah, AUS, American University, College of Engineering, College of Architecture, Art and Design, School of Business, Sharjah Ruler, School of Business Administration, anniversary, library, Instagram, Competition, Sheikh Dr. Sultan, AUS Library, CAAD

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