Published in 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings, June 23, 2013, pages 23.800.1-23.800.16.
The College of Architecture and Environmental Design at California Polytechnic State University has offered an upper division, interdisciplinary experience for every student in the form of a project based, team oriented five unit studio laboratory. The course is now in its fifth year and requires small teams of architecture, engineering and construction students to complete the schematic level design of an actual building for a real client. The quality of the projects and student deliverables has been outstanding and students are clearly meeting the objective to prepare an integrated building design. The other course objective is to function as a member of an interdisciplinary team, which is more difficult to quantify. This paper focuses on the selection and assessment of teams in this course. Various personality and skills assessments are completed and used in the formations of teams. Assessment data on team performance are presented and future actions for this project are discussed.
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