48-hour Interdisciplinary Charrette




"By far, the interdisciplinary charette exercise brought a real-world and very applicable experience. The team effort and demanding deadline components are exactly what we do weekly in the design firm I am a part of. "

- Neil Peterson, Designer
  Alumni  -Class of 2016
  Paula Berg Design 

exemplary interdisciplinary collaboration award

Each year, interior design students collaborate with Building Design and Construction majors along with Construction Management students from the College of Engineering, Applied Science & Technology at Weber State University to solve a design problem in a 48-hour period.

The design charrette is an intense collaborative problem-solving technique, common in the design-build industry. Our charrette provides teams of students with practical experience developing creative solutions to design problems, while adhering to the time constraint. Challenges have an international, humanitarian or local focus.

Students are given the problem on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. and are placed in teams of 4. Students then have until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday to produce presentation boards, video presentations and specifications for their final presentation.Team submissions are judged by allied professionals, industry leaders, community partners.

Winning concepts are then built each spring in-country by the Building Design and Construction Department. 

Specified 3000-level Interior Design majors will participate as part of course requirements along with BDC and CMT majors.  IDT Courses participating: IDT 3000, 3025, 3060.


Interdisciplinary Design Charrette 2024.

Thursday, September 12- Saturday, September 14, 2024.

Charrette schedule:  

Thursday,  3:30 p.m.: Students meet at the WSU Davis Campus, given the design problem, assigned to teams.

Saturday,  3:30 p.m.: Student teams submit their final presentations.

Saturday,  3:30–5:30 p.m.: Judging

Saturday - 6 p.m.  Charrette Social and Awards Night. Families and the public are invited to attend.

Past Sponsors Include:

GHANA Make a Difference

Hope 4 Kids International

No Poor Among Us