Multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary education

The many challenges faced by designers go beyond the specific field of Architecture and the Built Environment. The work expected of designers is becoming ever more complex and increasingly calls for integrated knowledge and skills. Construction is increasingly using technologies and production methods from other sectors and design solutions are increasingly impacting on other areas. Partly for this reason, co-operation between specialist fields and co-creation with the business community, government bodies and civil-society organisations are increasingly becoming the norm. This means that learning to think as an entrepreneur will become an essential skill for Architecture and the Built Environment graduates and alumni.

It is important that students already become acquainted with this way of thinking and working during their degree programme. This can be achieved by establishing multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary learning environments. The Metropolitan Analysis, Design and Engineering (MSc MADE) programme is an example of this. TU Delft, Wageningen University and AMS, the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions, are jointly developing solutions for the practical challenges facing major cities, with a particular focus on Amsterdam. Urban living labs of this kind bring together students from different academic backgrounds in the quest for effective metropolitan solutions. Major challenges here include integrating the urban living lab within the curriculum, and assessing students with a wide range of prior knowledge and previous education.

Running projects

  • PhD research by Nina Bohm – Engaged Engineering Education. Gefinancierd door het 4TU Centre for Engineering Education. BK promotor: Prof.dr. Ellen van Bueren. Niet-BK promotor: Prof.dr. Perry den Brok.
  • Reinout Kleinhans, TU Delft Education Fellowship 2020-2021: Community – University Engagement via Student Research and Education.
  • Remon Rooij, Assessing interdisciplinary engineering education. Evaluation of TUD minor programmes. In cooperation with the 4TU Delft Centre for Engineering Education: dr. Renate Klaassen and Nanneke de Fouw.
  • The development and monitoring of the new MSc programme Metropolitan Analysis, Design and Engineering (MADE), a joint degree programme between Delft University of Technology and Wageningen University & Research, in close cooperation with the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS).
  • New Cross Domain Graduation Studios which started in September 2018. For a relevant example, look at the new Cross Domain Graduation studio Stad van de Toekomst (City of the Future).
Past performance
  • Chen, Y., Daamen, T., Heurkens, E., & Verheul, W. J. (2019). Interdisciplinary and experiential learning in urban development management education. International Journal of Technology and Design Education. 
  • Klaassen, R., de Fouw, N., Rooij, R., & van der Tang, Y. (2019). Perceptions of Interdisciplinary Learning: A qualitative approach. In B. Kloot (Ed.), Proceedings of the 8th Research in Engineering Education Symposium, REES 2019 - Making Connections (pp. 398-407). Research in Engineering Education Network.
  • Lousberg, L., Rooij, R., Kamp, A. (2019).  Project management in engineering education. Workshop organized at the 2019 Project Management conference 11-12 April 2019 in Delft, the Netherlands.
  • Maynard, N. and Rooij, R. (2018). Embedding, Teaching and Assessing Teamwork Skills – How hard can it be? Workshop at the 2018 CDIO conference in Kanazawe, Japan.
  • Rooij, R.M. and Frank, A. (2016). Educating Spatial Planners for the Age of Co-creation: the Need to Risk Community, Science and Practice Involvement in Planning Programmes and Curricula. Planning Practice and Research, 31 (5), 473-485.   
  • Rooij, R.M. and Frank, A. (guest editors) (2016). Educating Spatial Planners for the Age of C-creation. Planning Practice and Research. Special Issue, 31 (5).