Professional education in built environment and design : exploring stakeholder roles and responsibilities

Davis, Rebekah M., Savage, Susan M., & Miller, Evonne (2009) Professional education in built environment and design : exploring stakeholder roles and responsibilities. In 16th World Conference on Cooperative Education and Work Integrated Learning, 23 - 26 June, 2009, Vancouver, Canada.


This paper reports on the preliminary findings of an ongoing Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) – Discipline Based Initiatives (DBI) study, mapping the key issues facing professional education in built environment (quantity surveying, construction management, project management, property economics, spatial science, planning, civil engineering) and design (architecture, interior design, industrial design, landscape architecture).

The research aims to advance professional education in these disciplines and the transdisciplinary spaces across them by identifying the changing nature of professional practice in built environment and design disciplines, particularly the impacts of changing modes of practice (integrated practice), technology and globalisation. Three focus groups were conducted in Brisbane, Australia with key stakeholders: industry professionals (n=8), academics (n=8) and graduate/final year students (n=6). A semi-structured approach was utilised to explore the key challenges facing the built environment and design sectors, identify the role the university, industry and students play in meeting these challenges, and understand how prepared current graduates are for professional practice and what needs to be done to help better prepare students for this transition.

Responses were analysed using a thematic approach, identifying categories, themes and patterns. Preliminary findings highlight the apparent disparity between the understandings and expectations of different stakeholders, particularly the relative importance of specific graduate capabilities (e.g., technical skills, critical thought). Our research offers a beginning point for understanding how industry professionals, academics and graduates view the changing nature of professional practice in built environment and design, highlighting challenges and opportunities.

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ID Code: 18943
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > OTHER BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (129900)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 WACE World Association for Cooperative Education
Deposited On: 24 Mar 2009 03:40
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2015 12:22

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