Comparing Design Thinking Traits Between Civil Engineering and Architecture Students


Congratulations to Emma Coleman for her publication in the Journal of Civil Engineering Education. Emma’s research compared perceived design thinking ability between senior civil engineering and architecture students. She found that there is a significant difference in perceived design thinking ability between the groups. Architecture students score higher than civil engineering students on all design thinking traits. Based on these results, civil engineering students may benefit from the incorporation of pedagogy that emphasizes design thinking, like studio-based learning.


The figure below shows the differences in perceived design thinking traits between architecture and civil engineering students.