BIM in Architectural Education: Teaching Advanced Digital Technologies to Beginner Designers

By Ajla Aksamija.

Published by The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design

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This article discusses the development of two laboratory courses that are interrelated and consecutive and that
integrate advanced digital technologies and BIM with design exploration and visualization. The intention is to strengthen
students’ ability to represent their ideas visually using different digital media and to teach the basics of building
construction and technologies so that students can begin to represent architectural design using BIM tools. The article
discusses teaching methods, structure, and organization of courses. The underlying pedagogical principle is that teaching
interoperability between digital tools is essential, since some tools are appropriate for design exploration while BIM is
applicable for documentation. This principle has been applied to structured courses and activities to allow students to
learn about the interoperability between different BIM- and non-BIM-based digital tools. The article also illustrates how
students have been able to utilize the knowledge and digital skills in a subsequent design studio course. It concludes with
recommendations about how to effectively integrate advanced computational tools and BIM in architectural education.

Keywords: Building Information Modeling, Digital Technologies, Architectural Education, Architectural Design

The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp.13-25. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.536MB).

Dr. Ajla Aksamija

Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, USA

Dr. Ajla Aksamija is an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She received PhD in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with an emphasis on technology and environment. Her interdisciplinary research approach spans architecture, engineering, material and computer science. Her research expertise includes building science and sustainability, emerging technologies, digital design and representations, information modeling, and knowledge management.