1st Edition

Interdisciplinary Design Thinking in Architecture Education

Edited By Julie Kim Copyright 2024
    304 Pages 141 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    304 Pages 141 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores the creative potential for architecture curricula to integrate solid interdisciplinary thinking in design studio education.

    Annotated case studies, both from academic institutions and from professional practices, provide examples of interdisciplinary engagement in creative design work, highlighting the challenges and opportunities of this approach. Cases are from a diverse selection of international collaborators, featuring projects from the United States, Australia, Mexico, Germany, and Italy, and cover a range of project types and scales. Chapters by invited experts offer speculations on current and future models, situating examples within the broader context, and encouraging dialogue between practice and pedagogy. The collection of voices in this book offers critical and provocative lenses, learning from history while forging inventive and creative roles for the architect as practitioner, entrepreneur, strategist, choreographer, activist, facilitator, leader, and teacher.

    Interdisciplinary Design Thinking provides insights into the potential of interdisciplinary engagement at the level of foundational undergraduate education, making it ideal for faculty in architecture schools. It will also be of interest to design professionals concerned with interdisciplinary collaboration and how to incorporate similar efforts in their own practices.

    PART 0


    1. Setting the Table

    Julie Ju-Youn Kim


    PART I
    Expanding Disciplinary Fields: Speculations across Past, Current, and Future Models in the Academy


    2. Re-thinking Architecture Education

    Julie Ju-Youn Kim


    3. Questioning "Best" Practices in Architectural Education

    Renée Cheng

    4. From Disciplinary Fields to Interdisciplinary Challenges: Shifting the Focus of Architectural Education

    Iñaki Alday

    5. Integrative Technologies in Architecture: Toward an Interdisciplinary and Future-Proof Research Culture

    Achim Menges

    Case Studies from the Academy

    6. Which Comes First?

    Renee Chow

    7. Interdisciplinary Transition

    Erika Zekos

     8. The Yamuna River Project: Interdisciplinarity across and beyond the Fields of the Built Environment in Architectural Education

    Iñaki Alday and Pankaj Vir Gupta

    9. Building Innovation at Arizona State University

    Philip Horton and Marc Neveu

    10. Data Augmented Design Intelligence: Enabling Interdisciplinarity

    Matthias (Hank) Haeusler and Nicole Gardner

    11. Out of Scope: How Megaliths Challenge Architecture’s Role

    Brandon Clifford

    12. Perform: Making a Case for Expanded Structural Dialogues in Architecture Education

    Julian Palacio 

    13. Aqueous Landscapes: Teaching and Learning in the Intertidal Zone in Second Year Architectural Design Studio

    Ainslie Murray

    14. Building Beloved Community through the University of Washington’s Nehemiah Interdisciplinary Studio

    Rachel Berney, Branden Born, and Donald King

    15. Integrated Studio: Trade-offs as a Mechanism for Collaboration

    Ann Marie Borys and Carrie Sturts Dossick

    16. The Story of a Semi-Scientist

    Lydia Kallipoliti


    Integrating Disciplines: Speculations across Past, Current, and Future Models in Practice


    17. Learning from Practice – Or Practice Learning from Education

    Julie Ju-Youn Kim

    Provocation 01

    18. Meandering Transdisciplinary Lands

    Billie Faircloth

    Case Studies from Practice

    19. Crosscoding Cultures: Design and Data across Disciplines

    Andrew Witt

    20. The Architectural Incongruities between Speculation and Practice

    Max Kuo

    21. Practice beyond the Digital Bubble

    Maya Alam

    22. The Unexpected Solution: How Multidisciplinary Enriches the Design Process

    Stefan Rier and Lukas Rungger

    23. Learning by Doing

    Rozana Montiel

    Provocation 02

    24. Pedagogical Practices

    Nader Tehrani



    Experimenting in Interdisciplinarity: Speculations across Past, Current, and Future Models in the Academy and Practice

    25. Shameless Experimentation: Making Space for Interdisciplinary Exchange

    Gretchen Wilkins

    26. Expanding Interdisciplinary Fields: Reflections on the Science of Design

    Julie Ju-Youn Kim

    27. Interdisciplinary Dialogues: What are the Boundaries of Design (or Design as a Mode of Inquiry)

    J. Meejin Yoon

    28. Walking the Boundaries of the Built Environment

    Alan Organschi


    Julie Ju-Youn Kim, AIA is an associate professor at Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture, where she founded and currently directs the Flourishing Communities Collaborative, an interdisciplinary research and design lab. Incorporating goals of equity and inclusion in scholarship and design pedagogy, Julie received the 2023 AIA Georgia Educator of the Year and the 2023 ACSA Collaborative Practice Award, for connecting the academy and architectural practice by creating replicable models of engagement to expand equity through access. With support from the New Venture Fund/Public Interest Technology-University Network and Partnership for Inclusive Innovation, Julie’s teaching and research leverages data-driven and quantitative methodologies to solving social and cultural problems in the built environment. Julie is a licensed architect whose publications link her leadership and teaching in pursuit of interdisciplinarity in architecture education, research, and practice. She holds a M. Arch from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and BA from Wellesley College.