Design Charrette: An Important Tool for the Development of Sustainable Construction Projects

  • The objective of this module is to help students, senior and/or graduate students, consider the diverse perspectives of stakeholders in the development of sustainable projects and enable them to use collaborative design tools, like charrettes. Students will be able to define a Design Charrette, its guiding principles and core values, and the phases of its implementation. The module includes a presentation by the instructor and/or guest speaker, explaining the relevance of the topic to students and their future careers. Then, students engage in an in-class activity that focused on a hypothetical university building renovation project. Students assume the roles of pre-defined stakeholders including the Provost, Structural Engineer, LEED certified designer, and others. To further facilitate analysis of the topics, the entire class engages in a discussion session, which allows students to share what they have learned from the in-class activity and their stakeholder roles. Then, the instructor summarizes the key learning points and assign to the students to create individually concept maps where they describe the design charrette process. These concept maps are subsequently used as post-assessment tools, identifying the knowledge students have gained. Implementation of the module provides a platform for increasing student awareness that the development sustainable projects involve the inclusion of various stakeholders.
  • Rodolfo Valdes-Vasquez
  • Jaqualyn Blizzard
  • Allison Smith
Learning Resource Type:
  • Reference – Educational Research Paper
  • Engineering – Civil
  • Engineering – Construction
  • College Senior – Graduate
Media Type:
  • Document
  • Design Charrette
  • Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Sustainable Project
Related ABET Criteria:
Publication Date:
  • January 2014