ITcon Vol. 15, pg. 306-317,

Intelligent design in AEC education

submitted:January 2010
revised:February 2010
published:June 2010
editor(s):Obonyo E A and Issa R R A
authors:Nawari O. Nawari
School of Architecture,
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611
summary:The Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) students must possess skills such as engineering dexterity, a bit of vision, and an ability to communicate with a variety of professionals. This requires a solid knowledge of basic design principles, a firm understanding of how buildings behave, and a sound understanding of how a building is pieced together. Additionally, the designers of tomorrow must look outward; beyond the confines or comfort zone of their specialization. AEC education will continue to emphasize the basics of building design fundamentals, but there is also a critical need to expose students to those facets of the profession that enable them to bridge gaps between different disciplines. This paper reviews the concept of Intelligent Design and examines its development and current use in AEC educational activities. It also reviews the gap between education and practice can be bridged through the Intelligent Design-Based Learning (IDBL) approach. Intelligent design is presented in this paper as a knowledge-based model, or ontology that provides an environment where virtual prototyping of the whole building or parts of structures prior to their construction, can be examined against code specifications and requirements digitally in an efficient manner.
keywords:Intelligent Design, AEC Education, Knowledge-based Model
full text: (PDF file, 3.09 MB)
citation:Nawari N O (2010). Intelligent design in AEC education, ITcon Vol. 15, Special issue Advanced Digital Technologies for Built Environment Education and Learning , pg. 306-317,