Title: The role of conceptual structural design in the architectural education

Authors: Luca Sgambi

Addresses: Louvain Research Institute for Landscape, Architecture, Built Environment, Université catholique de Louvain, Rue du Glategnies 6, 7500, Tournai, Belgium

Abstract: Modern architectural design requires a strong multidisciplinary component. This paper deals with the subject of teaching Conceptual Structural Design at the School of Civil Architecture of the 'Politecnico di Milano' and the 'Université catholique de Louvain'. In particular, the course, from which the final example was taken, was held at the Politecnico di Milano, in the second semester of a first-year Civil Architecture Master in 2014. The course, characterised by a strong multidisciplinarity, aims to deal with the project of architecture not only from the architectural composition point of view, but also from the point of view of the other disciplines that are involved in the design process. The didactic activity carried out has allowed to make some considerations on the classical design strategies (top-down, bottom-up) and to search a multidisciplinary approach with more emphasis on the collaboration among various disciplines. The theme developed seems to be of great interest for the teaching methodologies as well as for developers' tools supporting the design process.

Keywords: education in design; conceptual structural design; design strategies; didactic activity; architectural design.

DOI: 10.1504/JDR.2021.124220

Journal of Design Research, 2021 Vol.19 No.4/5/6, pp.213 - 229

Accepted: 21 Oct 2021
Published online: 18 Jul 2022 *

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