Rands Paper Published Following Design Student Conference
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Director of Accreditation and Assessment Dr. Melissa Rands' paper entitled "I thought it would be a lot less thinking: Variations in students conceptions of architecture from a beginning architectural design course" has been published in the proceedings of the National Conference of the Beginning Design Student. The conference was held in March of 2018 at the the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati.

The research describes the different ways students conceptualize "design" and "architecture" by examining the relationship of these conceptions and students’ backgrounds and pre-course experiences. The findings provide context for developing curricula and teaching practices that leverage students’ preconceptions as foundations for new design knowledge.

The National Conference on the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS) is a national peer review scholarly gathering dedicated to the study and practice of beginning design education. For over twenty-five years, the NCBDS has provided a forum for design educators to present papers and projects and hold discussions related to introductory design issues.

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