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Course Syllabus

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California College of the Arts • Department of Architecture • Spring 2010 • Instructor Peter Anderson

Course Title      

BT: Integrated Project Delivery / CREATIVE PROJECT MANAGEMENT


Section Number

ARCHT-540-04 (undergraduates) MARCH-640-04 (graduate students)


Course Description 

This 3 credit seminar course will explore emerging concepts of project management and project delivery in the architecture and construction industry. Working together as a team, the seminar group will design and plan an open-source prototype machine/structure to provide essential needs infrastructure for developing countries and post-disaster recovery operations. Through this applied case study, seminar members will participate in the project realization from the point of view of information modeling, physical modeling, scheduling, budgeting, communication, documentation, and project management. Through readings, presentations, and field trips, the students will become familiar with the structures and vocabularies of Integrated Project Delivery and Building Information Modeling, and make a valuable contribution to global humanitarian relief actions. There are no specific prerequisites except for enthusiasm, and we hope to have a broad range of background skills and interests to fill out the various team requirements. This would be an excellent follow-up course for students who took the Fall Building Information Modeling course, allowing direct application of skills learned, but there are plenty of team participation opportunities for students with other skills and interests.


Semester Topic and Research Themes

We will be working closely with Architecture for Humanity providing project management support for a series of initiatives the organization is coordinating under the name “Pacific Rim Studios”. In connection with the voyage of the Plastiki (www.theplastiki.com) AfH is initiating a multi-country trans-Pacific studio that will involve students of architecture stretching from California to Asia along the Plastiki Expedition route. The projects all are connected by the Pacific Ocean –restoring water quality, protecting inhabitants from climate change, creating sustainable livelihoods and safe housing. Run by Architecture for Humanity’s Director of Education Outreach, Nathaniel Corum, the program will share the insight and knowledge of a diverse and committed team of socially-responsible designers and supporting organizations. Collaborating with Adventure Ecology, Ocean Voyages Institute / Project Kaisei and Floating Island International, we will work towards design solutions for several major Pacific Ocean crises. Designs generated in the Pac Rim Studio will be ‘open sourced’ for anyone to replicate through Creative Commons licensing on the Open Architecture Network (OAN), a web-based project management network created by Architecture for Humanity.


Semester Student Projects

In addition to participating in the ongoing team activities, each student will propose and undertake an independent semester project that explores and documents in depth a particular area of focus. The end product and emphasis will be on the documented results of each students proposal or research.


Class Deliverables

There are three things due at the end of the semester:


First, the final semester project will be presented in a live public forum with outside invited guests, at the time of the assigned final exam for the course. This will be an approximately 10-15 minute illustrated presentation by each class participant of each student’s semester project.


Second, the final semester project will be presented in a hard copy format on 11x17 horizontal format sheets, which will contain the written text report on your work, as well as images that support and explain the text, as well as any other documentation or examples.


Third, a soft copy (CD or DVD) version of all of the above documents is required. It must include the presentation (Powerpoint, PDF, or other approved format), a pdf version of the printed documents, and all of the separate source files for text and images that are included in your printed documents.



This is a 3 credit course which may satisfy requirements for Building Technology Electives.


Course Dates/Times/Location

Start Date   : 11 January 2010 End Date  30 April 2010

Class meets each Wednesday from 12 noon to 3pm, in room 141


Instructor Info

Peter Anderson email: panderson2@cca.edu, or peter@andersonanderson.com phone: 415-243-9500 (office) or 206-856-7664 (cell)

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