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.
College of Architecture, Art and Design,
By Gureni Lukwaro
If you are in your last years of high school and thinking about college, a choice as to which university to go to is a big question. But perhaps a bigger than that, is the question of what major will you want to do. To get the right answers to those questions, you have to put a lot of things into consideration, things like what would you like to do? What are your interests? What things interests you? What areas of study you are strong in? What career paths do various majors offer? What are job prospects for these career paths? These and other questions, may help you narrow down both the major you may want to pursue, as well as the university you want to pursue it in.
American University of Sharjah,