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The Anatomy of a Successful Project: Exploring the Tension, Synergy and Symbiosis Among Architecture, Engineering and Educational Planning in the Design Process

Richard D. Moretti, Ed.D., ALEP, LEED AP

Brian Zigmond, PE, CEM

Philip Conte, AIA, NCARB 

StudioJAED Architects, Engineers, Facility Planners 

Domain: Process, Toolbox

Course Level: Intermediate

Learning Units: 1 LU

Room: A706


Friday, October 27, 2017 @ 2:00 pm


Abstract:

More often than not, learning environment planners work directly with end users without much direct interaction with architects and engineers on how their planning can be translated into educational space and properly conditioned. Without this interaction, there is a very real possibility that the end result will be less than ideal. Architecture, engineering and educational planning are obvious integral and interwoven components to any design project. How the tension, synergy, and symbiosis among them manifests in the design process and the eventual design is key to making that project successful in conveying the intent of the client. All too often the tension among them lessen the impact of a truly collaborative process where synergy and symbiosis are key operating parameters. This may result in learning space design that is not ideally supportive of teaching and learning. This workshop explores the tension among architecture, engineering, and educational planning emphasizing ways in which synergy and symbiosis can be achieved so as to produce the best end product. Actual practical examples of tensions, synergies, and symbioses will be explored as examples. Attendees will be asked to share similar experiences. An “integration checklist” will be shared that provides some “tools of the trade” to enhance synergy and symbiosis in project design while minimizing tension.


Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will understand that educational planners, architects, and engineers cannot work independently of each other in achieving the best outcomes in learning space design. 
  2. Participants will be able to recognize the need for achieving synergy and symbiosis among architecture, engineering, and educational planning while eliminating, and perhaps taking advantage of, tension. 
  3. Participants will be given real-world examples of problems that arise in a project due to lack of synergy and symbiosis among architecture, engineering and educational planning. 
  4. Participants will leave with a checklist of “tools of the trade” to enhance synergy and symbiosis in project design while minimizing, and perhaps taking advantage of, tension.