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 


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 a 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 may have an international, humanitarian or local focus.

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 for their final presentation.Team submissions are judged by various design-build professionals. 

Specified 3000-level Interior Design majors will participate as part of course requirements.

Courses participating: IDT 3000, IDT 3025, IDT 3040, IDT 3060.



Interdisciplinary Design Charrette 2019

Thursday, Sept. 12, 4 p.m.: Students meet at the WSU Davis Campus, given the design problem, assigned to teams.

Saturday, Sept. 14, 4 p.m.: Student teams submit their final presentations.

Saturday, Sept. 14, 4–6 p.m.: Judging

Saturday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m.: Charrette Social and Awards Night. Families and the public are invited to attend.