Frameworks for student engagement in building design: High-value workshops, charrettes, immersive experiences

Vice President
Design Anthropologist & Researcher
Facilities Planner

A robust framework of student engagement in facility visioning and design can dramatically improve project outcomes, long-term facility relevance, student retention, and recruiting initiatives. Session leaders illustrate the student engagement strategies employed in the programming and conceptual design of a new performing arts facility for The University of Virginia. They identify key success factors for workshops, charrettes, innovative on-line journey mapping exercises, and immersive empathy experiences to probe and test underlying space needs and broader cultural and institutional goals. They demonstrate how ‘big’ data, ‘thick’ data, ethnography, and design thinking can be leveraged to reconcile space requirements of disparate groups.

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