Events

28/Sep

Conceptual design skills for engineers: 4-week course

Thinking skills for conceptual designers - an introductory course
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Description

4 x 2 hour-long evening sessions on Thursday 28th September, 5th, 12th and 19th October.

Each session provides a model for understanding a different part of the design process together with practical strategies for application in the workplace.

In the first session we will introduce a common language for describing the design process, and look at how this manifests itself in different contexts, both at work and in our daily lives. In session two we will practise techniques for developing and responding to design briefs. In this workshop we will role-play the designer/client relationship to get into the mind-set of these two roles. We also introduce the design brief that participants will collaborate-on in groups. In session three we introduce practical techniques for idea generation and use these in response to the group design brief. This workshop is packed with fun and effective techniques that participants can take away and apply immediately in the workplace. In our final session we look at the importance of effective modelling and testing as a way to develop appropriate responses to a design brief. We use these techniques to hone groups’ responses to the brief. We will conclude with an exercise to help us understand our personal approaches to design.

We are delivering this course in association with the Engineering Club.

 

Aimed At
This course is designed for engineers and other professionals working in the design and construction of the built environment.
Learning Outcomes

You will learn to:

  • Explain the design process as a series of discrete steps
  • Describe the characteristics of each of these stages, and how these are characterised in the conceptual design phase of a project
  • Describe the characteristics of a good design brief, and be able to use these to write your own brief
  • Describe and use techniques for working with a client to understand their underlying needs
  • Describe and use techniques for idea generation
  • Describe and use techniques for modelling and testing your ideas
  • Identify and describe your own preferences for how you carry-out design and explain how to make the most of these in a design context
Further Information

Think Up is an education consultancy specialising in teaching design thinking to students and practising engineers. Think Up’s model for teaching design thinking dates back to the creation of the Creative Design course at Imperial College in 1999. Since then we have been developing our approach with UCL, Yale, and Cambridge universities; Expedition Engineering, Arup and, more recently, back at Imperial College.

Oliver Broadbent is Director of Think Up. Oliver is an expert facilitator in design thinking and training. With a background in civil engineering and teaching, he specialises in designing high-impact training that has a lasting effect on the learner. Oliver led the delivery of Think Up’s collaboration with Arup, the Conceptual Design Mastery programme, and he is now working with Imperial College to develop their design teaching programme. Oliver also publishes articles around the themes of effective engineering education, high-impact learning and sustainability

Event Date(s)

Start date: 28 Sep 2017
End date: 19 Oct 2017

Host Organisation
The Engineering Club
Location

Max Fordham
42-43 Gloucester Crescent
London
NW1 7PE

Cost
Engineering Club Members £190.00; non-members £245
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Description

This course provides you with a theoretical framework for understanding conceptual design in the context of structural engineering. It will include understanding the overall process of design and where conceptual design fits within that, how to interpret a client brief, strategies for generating ideas in response to a brief and rapid, iterative modelling and testing of ideas.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain the design process as a series of discrete steps
  • Describe the characteristics of a good design brief, and be able to use these to write their own brief
  • Describe and use techniques for idea generation
  • Describe and use techniques for modelling and testing their ideas
Further Information

Oliver Broadbent is an expert facilitator and trainer in design thinking for the built environment. With a background in civil engineering and teaching, he specialises in designing high-impact training that has a lasting effect on the learner.

Oliver is Director of engineering education and training consultancy Think Up. There he leads the development of Think Up’s programme of design training for an international portfolio of design consultancies. He also works with universities including Cambridge, Bath and Imperial to develop innovative approaches to curriculum design and delivery.

Oliver has co-authored a series of good practice teaching guides for the Royal Academy of Engineering on experience-led learning, e-learning for engineers, effective industrial engagement in engineering education and how to teach sustainability. He is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at Imperial College, London

Event Date(s)

Start date: 20 Nov 2017
End date: 20 Nov 2017

Host Organisation
The Institution Of Structural Engineers
Location

The Institution Of Structural Engineers
47-58 Bastwick Street
London
EC1V 3PS

Cost
£330-420 inc. VAT