Study Tours

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Integrated Study Tour

ARCH 401 + SDC 444
September 21 – 27, 2014

SDC Research

The School of Design + Construction is committed to providing an environment that fosters applied research that advances the design and construction professions. To that end, students in the SDC have opportunities to work with faculty in the following research areas. In addition, graduate students are encouraged to develop research focus areas that provide advanced knowledge to the design and construction professions.

Rural Communities Design Initiative (RCDI)

The RCDI is a program that provides community based outreach learning to students in the SDC. Each year faculty leading the RCDI select from a series of community based projects to provide design and planning ideas to city leaders and citizens. This program expands the land grant mission of WSU. Students who participate in this program gain experience working with communities and government leaders in understanding the unique issues of rural communities. The studio organizes community “Charettes” where citizen ideas are revealed from which students then develop proposals. Often student proposals form the basis for communities to seek grant funding for implementation of projects.


The Institute for Sustainable Design

The ISD is a collaborative initiative between the School of Design + Construction, Civil Engineering and the WSU Composite Materials Engineering Research Center (CMEC.) The Institute provides a teaching and research venue to investigate issues of sustainable design, engineering and infrastructure. The ISD has been active in receiving grants the most recent being a $40M USDA grant that focuses on Bio Fuels. The role of the design and construction disciplines in this grant is through the design related to transportation, city and community infrastructure as well as building design. Past ISD initiatives have been with the Washington State Ferry System as well as the City of Auburn WA. For the city of Auburn the ISD provided planning strategies for the management of the cities wetlands areas as well as urban planning guidelines for the future.

The Integrated Design Experience Studio (IDeX)

The IdeX studio is closely aligned with the ISD and serves as the vehicle for implementing much of the grant opportunities from the ISD. Senior students are provided with the opportunity to apply for participation in the IDeX studio. The studio is formatted with collaboration as the foundation. Students in architecture, construction management and engineering form integrated teams to address design, engineering and construction issues. Students in the IDex studio have been integral in the work identified above. The collaborative experience of the IDeX studio provides students with both an outreach educational experience while at the same time exposure to funded research projects.

Individual Faculty Research:

Graduate students have the opportunity to work with individual faculty on research projects. Specific faculty scholarship may range from writing scholarly books to participation in design competitions. Students may receive academic creditor if funding for the research is available student may also be placed on a paid appointment.