Communication in Collaboration

Engineering News Record recently shared a great article promoting importance of teaching and encouraging collaboration in the education of architects, contractors and engineers. Full article here.

We couldn’t agree more with the points made, namely “The bottom line is simple: Students who enter the workforce having been exposed to broader and more collaborative curricula will be far better equipped to handle the myriad challenges they will face, regardless of their chosen discipline. We ask that our partners in engineering and landscape architecture join us in making a similar call to the academic community. ”

Designing Strategy wishes to underscore that lessons in empathy, trust and collaboration can already be found within rhetorics and communications programs on college campuses. Some universities are even actively engaged in Writing and Communications Across Curriculums initiatives, such as this one at UNCG.

Science and business have long been aware of the importance of rhetorics and communication. These disciplines have influenced writing and general education curricula to reflect writing course offerings that are specifically catered to their industries. It should come as no surprise that such programs often have less trouble winning funding for research.

One of our favorite mentors, Steven B. Katz, co-author of Writing in the Sciences: Exploring Conventions of Scientific Discourse, has been influential in helping scientists better leverage their gifts and proliferate findings via academic and non-academic journals. Wouldn’t it be nice if future architects, contractors and engineers had the option to take a design writing and communications course?!

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