INTEGRATED EDUCATION OF ARCHITECTS – A PREREQUISITE FOR INTEGRATED BUILDING DESIGN AND ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDINGS?
Authors: Baird, George
In the course of a broader study of the expression of thermal environmental control systems, the
author paid personal visits to a large number of recently completed major buildings worldwide,
conducting formal taped interviews of a principal architect (and engineer) involved in each of them.
While all of the buildings were notable for their use of low energy strategies it was found that almost
without exception, a high level of cooperation between architect and engineer had been vital to the
success of the vast majority of these projects. It seems that the exploration of energy efficient design
strategies and solutions went hand-in-hand with the highest level of integrated design processes.
This paper presents the results of an analysis of the interviews of the architectural designers involved,
in relation to their formal educational and practice backgrounds – highlighting the common factors, the
unique features, and the most important characteristics of these early learning experiences; and
attempts to draw some conclusions in respect of the formal education and training of architects.