Computer Applications in Engineering Education. March 2019, Vol. 27 Issue 2, p351, 20 p.
Open source software, Robotics industry, Public software, Architectural design, Education, Hispanic serving institutions, College teachers, Computer-aided design, Learning strategies, Labor market, Robotics, and Environmental engineering
Byline: Hwang Yi Abstract Owing to the widespread distribution of open-source robotic software and cheaper hardware, design education in architecture and engineering is evolving to emphasize interactive and dynamic geometries, using new digital media and technologies. However, ethnic minority groups are still underrepresented in technology-driven changes in architecture, and their career is at risk in the growing tech-related job markets of the architecture, construction, and engineering (ACE) industry. In this context, the paper addresses college-level pedagogical issues and learning performance related to introductory robotics education in architectural design studios for the underrepresented minority (URM) students. This article presents the organization of curriculum activities, technical experiments in learning, and teaching experiences in the largest Hispanic-serving institution (HSI) in the U.S. The academic projects presented exhibit both technical challenges and achievements for URM students to build design competency and tool fluency in a streamlined prototyping of responsive kinetic building fabrication. The effectiveness of computer-aided design (CAD) technologies (3D printing, sensing, microcontrollers, etc.) for the advancement of minority-serving design education is discussed to promote design-learning possibilities and interdisciplinary collaborations associated with science and engineering. Expectations from course objectives are compared with final outcomes to suggest efficient learning strategies and teaching solutions of kinetic architecture. Biographical information: H. Yi is an assistant professor at Department of Architecture, Ajou University in South Korea, leading the Design Engineering & Robotics Lab for Sustainable Architecture (DEERS-Arch). He holds a PhD in Architecture from School of Design, University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Ajou, he was an assistant professor at the School of Architecture, Florida International University in Miami. He is an author of two books and 15 publications at scientific journals and conferences. His study takes a technological approach to architecture, pursuing a smart integration of design and engineering towards the sustainability of built environments. His research interests include responsive architecture, building performance simulation, introduction of emerging computational tools in building fabrication processes.