Integrated Design Learning through Making and Building @ SALA: Bringing design-making and building infrastructure (tools and expertise) directly to students in the classroom studio and in the field

Title Integrated Design Learning through Making and Building @ SALA: Bringing design-making and building infrastructure (tools and expertise) directly to students in the classroom studio and in the field
Faculty/College/Unit Applied Science
Status Active
Duration 3 Years
Initiation 04/01/2017
Project Summary

An interdependence of ‘excellent designing’ and ‘excellent making’ has been a core value of SALA’s pedagogy since the 1960s. However, contemporary ‘making’ practices and technologies (3-d printing, laser cutting, robotic milling, actuated media, VR, etc.) have radically shifted and SALA’s integration of these technologies into our curricula has been piecemeal and limited. Demand far exceeds supply and the education and experience we offer students lags behind their, and their future employers’, expectations. GROUP IDLMB@SALA will transform the ways that SALA teaches and integrates its core design, design media, and design technology curricula. Faculty, staff and students must be meaningfully engaged and educated by this initiative from the outset. As we are not a large or well-resourced community, we will need a supplementary consultative and research apparatus to help us establish best practices for the teaching of technology and software as pedagogical options if this initiative is to succeed. Our intent is to apply support from this TLEF grant to address these shortcomings and in doing, position SALA students as leaders in the use and application of design media and technology. We will form a steering group with representation from Academic Infrastructure and Academic Affairs (curriculum) committees, students, and technical (shop) staff with academic coordinator and student assistant support. This core group will lead a school wide effort to accomplish the objectives outlined below.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2017/2018
Year 1: Project Type Large TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Blair Satterfield
Year 1: Funded Amount 46,150
Year 1: Team Members

Greg Johnson, Senior Instructor, SALA, Design Build and Architectural Technology
John Bass, Associate Professor, SALA, Chair of Architecture Program, Design Media
Graham Entwistle, Workshop and Digital Fabrication Technician
Mari Fujita, Associate Professor, SALA, Chair of Undergraduate Program, Furniture Design
Kees Lokman, Assistant Professor, SALA, Landscape Architecture
AnnaLisa Meyboom, Associate Professor, SALA, Architectural Technology
Nicholas Scott, Workshop Manager, SALA, Workshop Manager