48-hour Interdisciplinary Charrette

Each year Interior Design students collaborate with Design Engineering Technology students from the College of Applied Science and Technology at Weber State University to solve a design problem in a 48-hour period.

Called a design charrette, this collaborative problem-solving technique is common in the design-build industry in which various disciplines come together to form a cohort to solve a design problem.  Charrettes serve as a way of quickly generating a design solution while integrating the aptitutes and interests of a diverse group of people.  This design charrette gives students a real-life example of working in a team situation with other disciplines to come up with a creative design solution in a short period of time.

Design problems range from international humanitarian focus to local design-build challenges.

Students are given the problem on Thursday at 4 p.m. and are placed in teams of 4. Students then have until 4 p.m. on Saturday to produce presentation boards, video presentations and a creative insprirational art piece as part of their final presentation. Team submissions are then judged by various design-build professionals. 

Thank you to the 2014-2015 Design Charrette sponsors:  Wadman Corporation, WSU Continuing Education

Specified 3000-level Interior Design majors will participate as part of course requirements.
Courses participating:  IDT 3000, IDT 3025, IDT 3030, IDT 3060.


Thursday, Sept. 11 --- 4 p.m. Students meet at the WSU Davis Campus, given the design problem, assigned to teams.
Saturday, Sept. 13 --- 4 p.m. Student teams submit their final presentations.
Saturday, Sept. 13 --- 4-6 p.m. Judging
Saturday, Sept. 13 --- 7 p.m.  Charrette Social and Awards Night. Families and the public are invited to attend.