The role of space in interdisciplinary collaboration in design education

The growing interest in the collaborative design education for innovation has mainly been concerned with students and learning outcomes. We know less about the collaboration between the tutors who teach interdisciplinary design courses. Addressing this gap, this article explores the effect of space on the interdisciplinary collaboration between faculty members from the fields of industrial design, architecture, engineering and business administration, who come together to design and conduct an extra-curricular educational activity, Interdisciplinary Design Studio (IDS) at METU. The empirical basis of this study comes from the interviews with the faculty members and the participant observation notes generated during the IDS meetings. The findings show that the effect of space on collaboration becomes evident over three issues, (1) the participation of tutors, (2) the commonality of their expectations from a design project, and (3) the interaction not only between students and tutors, but also among tutors as an interdisciplinary team.


A Framework for Web-based Education Systems Supporting Interdisciplinary Design Collaboration
Karakaya, Ahmet Fatih ; Taşlı Pektaş, Şule (Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, 2007-6-01)
Web-based educational systems are promising applications to enhance design education. Although the advantages of such systems have been discussed in the literature extensively, few studies in the field have used them for teaching interdisciplinary design collaboration. In order to alleviate this problem, a web-based interdisciplinary building design studio was designed and implemented. Considering the lack of systematic approaches in the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in studios, th...
Collaboration with NPOs in Industrial Design Education: A Study on Tutors’ Perspectives
Yalman Yıldırım, Zeynep; Hasdoğan, Gülay Fatma (2021-12-27)
Non-profit organisation (NPO) collaboration in industrial design education enables tutors to bring real-life problems to the design education context. Only in recent years, good practices of NPO collaboration implemented in the studio and elective courses are seen in industrial design education. Within the scope of this paper, 20 tutors from 10 industrial design departments in Turkey who have carried out educational projects in collaboration with over 30 diverse non-profit partners in their undergraduate co...
Learning about others: Developing an interdisciplinary approach in design education
Demir, Özümcan; Kaygan, Pınar (2017-06-09)
Recently we witness a rising interest in interdisciplinary collaboration in both industrial design and engineering education. Since developing technology and innovation invites more complex design problems that are usually beyond the professional skills and competences of a single person, learning how to work in interdisciplinary teams becomes a central concern within the undergraduate programs of these fields. With the aim of contributing to interdisciplinary design education, this paper explores a fourwee...
Learning by doing in the age of design computation
Oezkar, Mine (2007-01-01)
A design teaching approach of integrating the notions of design thinking and computing in the first year of architectural design education is introduced and discussed. The approach aims to enhance and bring up-to-date the educational practice of "learning by doing" in the first year foundations curriculum. In the studied example, the analytical phases of thinking in a simple design task are systematically and visually recorded. This documentation is incorporated to the design process as a means for the stud...
The position of three-dimensional modeling and visualization techniques in industrial design education
COŞKUN, MERVE; Akiner, Dilem (2012-05-04)
The purpose of this research is to determine the position of three-dimensional modeling and digital visualization within the scope of concept and product development process in the undergraduate education in Middle East Technical University Faculty of Architecture Department of Industrial Design, designate the problems that the students encounter during the integration of these methods to the design process, and finally question how these methods can be incorporated into design education in order to influen...
Citation Formats
P. Kaygan and A. U. Aydınoğlu, “The role of space in interdisciplinary collaboration in design education,” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN EDUCATION, pp. 803–817, 2018, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: