In the practice of these professional fields, the organization of decisions and actions has significant consequence not always readily apparent in an academic setting. By mechanizing the relationships of architect/lawyer and client/lawyer as organizational constructs, the seminar’s agenda simulates conflicts, alterations, and ambiguities (or situational prototypes) commonly associated with those relationships in professional practice as a point of departure for team problem resolution.
Students are first organized into architect/lawyer teams, of which the architects have an architectural project ready for problem resolution. This project is used as a tool of reference for primary seminar objectives that include collaboration for the definition of project parameters, clarification of participants and responsibilities, understanding of business priorities, and cultivating effective correspondence. These serve as instruments for the resolution of given project obstructions and engagement in an organizational process:
Orientation > Team Dynamic > Obstruction > Communication > Strategic Resolution
This seminar currently consists of (4) main exercises and a concluding reflective essay in addition to organizational document submittal. Each exercise requires the completion of two main components; a written component (in the form of an essay/memorandum/appropriate work product) and a 5-10 minute interdisciplinary team presentation outlining organization and strategy for resolution of the given problem. Criteria for evaluation are based on creativity and clarity of organization with respect to strategic communication, interaction, and comprehension. As this seminar matures, its framework will expand and transform based on data collected from the student teams, reflective student essays, and their interpretation. This proposal serves as that interpretive mechanism to decipher student needs, potentials, and learning outcomes critical for their transition from an academic to a professional environment.
|Keywords:||Architecture, Law, Practicum, Organizational Culture|
Assistant Professor of Architecture, Department of Architecture and Interior Design, University of Idaho, Moscow, USA
associate professor of law, College of Law, University of Idaho, Moscow, USA
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