Socially Responsible Collaborative Models for Green Building Design
The researchers believe that connecting design curricula will have a professional downstream impact on the built environment. This paper describes the connections of twenty-three teams and nearly one hundred architecture and engineering students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Montana State University, and the University of Wyoming. The students collaborated on a comprehensive architectural design problem for a Performing Arts Center. The researchers performed a variant of the exploratory mixed methods research design to examine the nature of how students connected with other disciplines. The results indicate that groups either chose the more difficult and unknown journey of completing a single architectural design with their distance partners, or groups returned to their local comfort zones and developed separate design responses. This highlights the need for more collaborative experience in design programs. The researchers articulate the collaborative attributes into hallmarks of best practice strategies to achieve higher levels of disciplinarity.