Travel experiences contribute to transformative education

A number of fall semester travel experiences serve to expose students in the School of Design and Construction to a range of built environments, places, ideas, and cultures that are not readily available in the Palouse—and difficult to teach in the classroom. Travel experience is integral to the SDC curriculum and contributes to a transformative education, as indicated in strategic plans for both the SDC and WSU.

Internationally, fourth year interior design and architecture students are studying abroad in Florence, Ireland, Barcelona, Prague, and England. An exchange program with Cork University in Ireland allows some of their students to spend a semester in Pullman in the third year of the architecture program.

Domestically, study tours to Seattle and New York in October offer interactions with professional practitioners and anaysis of distinctive sites for students in second year interior design and landscape architecture coursework, and for third year architecture students enrolled in modern theory.

A group of construction management students will travel to the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) Design-Build Conference and Expo in November for hree days of workshops, panel discussions, and keynotes by industry leaders focused on addressing the real-world challenges America’s design-build teams and owners face across all sectors.