Fostering Transdisciplinary Approaches to Design and the Environment

By Graham John Brewer and Anthony Philip Williams.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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It is generally accepted that the challenges posed by climate change and other sustainability issues are most effectively dealt with when they utilise transdisciplinary teams and understanding. The traditional structure of professional education and training in the tertiary sector encourages professional demarcation and the development of a silo mentality. Creative educational mechanisms have to be developed in order to overcome this mindset, fostering the search for solutions from non-traditional sources, and learning to collaborate with other professions. This paper sets out the characteristics required of such a learning approach, and describes its practical implementation in an on-line environment.

Keywords: Transdisciplinarity, Leaning Contracts, Sustainable Design, Stream:Disciplines and Interdisciplinary

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.29-38. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.479MB).

Assoc. Prof. Graham John Brewer

Head of Discipline, Built Environment, School of Architecture, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW, Australia

I am the Head of Discipline of Building at the University of Newcastle in Australia, where I have input into the construction management, architecture, and education (design and technology) programmes. My research interests include ICT (benchmarking, critical success factors were used in project teams, innovation and attitude), urban sustainability (ageing in place/residential aged care, designed to disassembly, urban design and health), and teaching and learning (problem-based learning, metacognitive development and reflective practice, learning contracts, education and sustainability). I have written six books dealing with the challenges associated with the use of ICT in project teams operating in the built environment. I have received a teaching award, and have recently submitted my PhD, which is in the field of innovation adoption.

Prof. Anthony Philip Williams


Anthony has conducted research into the Design domain across two primary areas, design team Collaboration and design cognition, covering both design Education and spatial abilities. He has gained external Competitive funding to support this research. The outcomes Of this research have provided an impact internationally Firstly in the adoption of teaching strategies to support Design thinking. His research into design collaboration is Currently expanding in anthony’s research. The opportunity To conduct further research into designers in the context Of the virtual world collaboration will provide insights Into the skills and strategies to successfully conduct and Manage the design process in the virtual context. This Would provide the opportunity to further develop support Material for industry.


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