48-hour Interdisciplinary Charrette

Each year Interior Design students collaborate with Design Engineering Technology and Construction Management students from the College of Engineering, 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 specifications as part of their final presentation. Team submissions are then judged by various design-build professionals. 

Thank you to the 2015-2016 Design Charrette sponsors:  Big D Construction, Hughes GC, WSU Continuing Education, WSU Center for Community Learning Engagement

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. 15 --- 4 p.m. Students meet at the WSU Davis Campus, given the design problem, assigned to teams.
Saturday, Sept. 17 --- 4 p.m. Student teams submit their final presentations.
Saturday, Sept. 17 --- 4-6 p.m. Judging
Saturday, Sept. 17 --- 7 p.m.  Charrette Social and Awards Night. Families and the public are invited to attend.