ERIC Number: ED454079
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
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A New Degree Programme in Structural Engineering and Architecture.
Davison, J. B.; Popovic, O.; Tyas, A.
Structural engineers and architects are educated completely independently. Although both play a major part in designing and building a nation's infrastructure, they are not encouraged to fully understand the work of each other which can result in a lack of collaboration and co-operation, often to the detriment of a project. This divide between the professional is thought by many to start at a higher education level. Recently the Departments of Civil and Structural Engineering and Architecture at the University of Sheffield (United Kingdom) have introduced an innovative course designed to help remove the barriers between the professions. The four-year undergraduate Masters degree in structural engineering and architecture is unique in providing graduates with a single degree suitable as a common first step in the professional training for a career in either structural engineering or architecture. This paper outlines the reasons for the introduction of this course, its aims and objectives, and details the modular structure. By careful consideration of the overlaps inherent in engineering and architecture courses (e.g., structures, materials, structural design, etc.), it has been possible to combine the structural engineering aspects of an engineering degree and architectural studies into a single degree program. Thus far, the course has been successful in attracting students with excellent high school qualifications who wish to follow a course which allows them to combine design flair and creativity with analytical rigor. The first cohort of students are now in the third year of the program. A discussion of the problems they have encountered and the strategies used to overcome them is also included. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom