Architecture has always involved some form of collaboration – and the process begins with the client. Whether working with a developer, an institution, a family, or an individual, clients help determine everything from the location to the budget and often weigh in on form and function. In addition to clients, other stakeholders include engineers, builders, interior designers, and consultants.

Often overlooked, however, are the collaborative efforts between architects – sometimes from different firms – and interdisciplinary teams that result in groundbreaking, innovative structures. This course will examine the benefits and difficulties of collaboration, including the ways in which collaboration can help to address climate change and sustainable practices, as well as how various theories on collaboration apply to architecture.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the benefits and difficulties of collaboration in architecture, as well as the role of the ego and the value of diversity.
  • Assess methods of collaboration and the ways in which they are relevant to the architecture, engineering, and construction professions.
  • Analyze case studies, including a historical example, that illustrate collaborative efforts.
  • Explore how collaboration can help address issues such as climate change and sustainability.

Pre-Requisite: None.