Theory and Practice of Spatial Planning | Number 2 | Year 2014 | ISSN 2350-3637

Anja Jutraž1, Tadeja Zupančič1

The Role of Architect in Interdisciplinary Collaborative Design Studios

DOI 10.15292/IU-CG.2014.02.034-042 | UDK 378.1:72 | SUBMITTED: 06/2014 | REVISED: 07/2014 | PUBLISHED: 10/2014
Author's affiliation: 1 University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture, Slovenia

Architectural design is a complex process involving different actors. While studying architecture, students usually work alone, and they do not have many opportunities to collaborate with other professions. Consequently, they end up lacking the knowledge regarding other professions, as well as regarding communic42ation and collaboration with other professionals. They become too proud of themselves, which eventually prevents them from engaging in active collaboration and accepting compromises. Furthermore, it is essential for their future professional careers that architects collaborate with other professions, adopt their ideas and requirements. Such collaboration is recommended from the early stages of the design process onwards. The main focus of this article is to determine the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in architecture projects through the process of studying architecture, the role of the architect within this process, and the manner in which decisions are usually made within an interdisciplinary team. The following research is based on the AEC Global Teamwork Course, which took place during school years 2011/2012, 2012/2013 and 2013/2014, 2013 at Stanford University under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Renate Fruchter. Students from all around the world worked together on an architectural project from its initial stages. They met twice only: at the beginning and at the end of the project, otherwise they worked on a virtual basis, using different digital tools intended for long-distance interdisciplinary collaboration. There were three case studies examined for the purposes of this article in which the main focus was placed on architects, more specifically on the challenges and the problems they were facing, the knowledge architects gained through interdisciplinary collaboration, and lessons learned in such a course that could help them with their professional careers.

interdisciplinary collaboration, problem-based learning, long-distance collaboration, decision making


Jutraž, A., Zupančič, T. (2014). The Role of Architect in Interdisciplinary Collaborative Design Studios. Igra Ustvarjalnosti - Creativity Game, 2/2014, 34-42.

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