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Proceedings of the 18th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student

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Service learning -- Research, Architectural design, Design -- Study and teaching (Higher)


It is the nature of the profession that practicing architects and designers are busy people who are faced with keeping abreast of quickly changing construction technologies. Manufacturers of architectural and interior products provide knowledge, but their information is often biased to serve their business objectives. Therefore, impartial information regarding new products is scarce. Students, particularly those new to the field, have the need to develop research skills, become acquainted with materials sources, and develop the ability to critically consider manufacturers' claims. Further, students benefit from interaction with the professionals they seek to emulate.Therefore, an architectural materials service learning project was created that immersed a mixture of beginning and intermediate students in materials topic research and reporting methods. This information was then presented to local design professionals in connection with a professional organization meeting.


Presented at the 18th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. March 14-16, 2002.

Copyright 2002 Portland State University.

Published by Portland State University, Department of Architecture.

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