An updated review of intensive design weeks for architectural technology programmes

Oluwakemi Adeyeye, Poorang Piroozfar

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Abstract

Architectural Technologists are uniquely positioned to deliver wholesome technological building solutions; solutions that address sustainability, economics, social and psychological requirements. The structure of the Architectural technology courses differs from institution to institution in the UK; however, at the core is the objective to prepare the students for the real challenge of the multi-disciplinary nature of the profession while in practice. The teaching, learning and assessment strategies employed in delivering the curricula are crucial for achieving this objective. In order to facilitate or improve the teaching and learning experience in Architectural Technology programmes, it is imperative to design and structure teaching in a manner that reflects what the students will experience after graduation. To achieve this real and active learning process, a hands-on approach to teaching (and learning) is required. The design block week is an intensive learning experience which aims to immerse students in a focussed, project-based environment where through collaborative working they are encouraged to explore unique solutions to design and technological problems. It has long been recognised that intensive block weeks offer advantages to enhance core competency in students as well as fine-tune soft skills. To further contribute to the pedagogical debate, this paper revisits the intensive design week as a tool for delivering experiential learning to students. It re-evaluates the design and delivery of an intensive design week programme, now in its third year. Using quantitative data derived from student feedback, it discusses whether this approach continues to be effective and makes recommendations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCIB international conference of W055, W065, W089, W118, TG76, TG78, TG81 and TG84 - management of construction: research to practice
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherBirmingham City University
Pages0-0
Number of pages1
ISBN (Print)9782981335517
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2012
EventCIB international conference of W055, W065, W089, W118, TG76, TG78, TG81 and TG84 - management of construction: research to practice - Monteal, Canada, 26-29 June 2012
Duration: 25 Jun 2012 → …

Conference

ConferenceCIB international conference of W055, W065, W089, W118, TG76, TG78, TG81 and TG84 - management of construction: research to practice
Period25/06/12 → …

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Keywords

  • Architectural Technology
  • Alternative modes of teaching
  • Design Education
  • Intensive Teaching Block

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    Adeyeye, O., & Piroozfar, P. (2012). An updated review of intensive design weeks for architectural technology programmes. In CIB international conference of W055, W065, W089, W118, TG76, TG78, TG81 and TG84 - management of construction: research to practice (pp. 0-0). Birmingham City University. http://www.cibworld.nl/site/about_cib/index.html