The Impact of Working Together. An Analysis of Interdisciplinary Collaborative Working.

Iain Scott, Kate Carter, Colin Elliot

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Interdisciplinary working offers the opportunity to develop important skills for built environment professions. However, education that involves interdisciplinary learning is recognised as being challenging, and is all too rarely implemented in built environment education. This study examines the impact of a large scale collaborative design project with a cohort of students from across the range of built environment professions. The study draws
out a range of issues including an understanding of the knowledge that each profession has of one another. All students that participated recognised the value of exercise for both their educational and professional development, although this was lowest with the architectural students. The study has revealed some interesting facets of the collaborative working process, and provides insights into the differences and challenges of interdisciplinary
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal for Education in the Built Environment
Publication statusUnpublished - 2013


  • interdisciplinary working
  • collaboration
  • professional skills
  • problem based learning


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