The Civil Engineering Design Studio is part of the Faculty of Applied Science and the Department of Civil Engineering’s strategy to increase project-based learning. Project-based curricula allow our students to integrate technical education received through classroom instruction with real-world problem solving activities. Working in teams to solve design problems, students learn team-building and communications skills that will aid them in their future careers.
The design studio gives students the space to work together in small or large groups in an environment that aids collaboration in design. Just as in industry, students are able to meet and work with peers and professionals on projects, and through this, gain a sense of a real-world working environment.
The two-tiered design provides 17 separate meeting areas for students, as well as a larger conference room and an assembly area for presentations. This space is an essential component of Civil Engineering education at UBC, allowing us not only to provide the most up-to-date and relevant education, but also to provide state-of-the-art facilities for our students to support our innovative curriculum. Project-based learning and skills in design, facilitated through this infrastructure enhancement, help our civil engineers to make significant contributions to industry after they graduate. It also helps keep UBC’s Civil Engineering department within the top-tier of civil engineering education in Canada.