Practicing Design-Build

May 13, 2015

This paper discusses a studio structured to mimic the professional environment while at the same time researching through prototyping pre-fabrication, modular building, DfD (Design for Disassembly), and panelization theory including on-site/off-site construction methods. This body of applied research describes how students' abilities to design are dramatically increased through hands-on experience. The studio operates under the auspice of two divisions within a single firm, collaborating and working independently when appropriate. The studio mimics firms by “hiring” Project Managers, Construction Supervisors, Digi-Fab Specialists, Design Presentation, Materiality and Donation Teams/Groups. This paper demonstrates the process for collaboration and cross-pollination for two simultaneous design-build projects. This paper articulates that through building in multiple mediums students not only blur the disconnect from academia to practice but also from design to fabrication and construction.

Matthew Gines (University of New Mexico)
Presented at: 
2015 AIA / ACSA Intersections Symposium
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
The American Institute of Architects
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)

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