Module 12 - Presentation Brief: Sharing Your Project & Lessons Learned


You’ve been on a long -- and hopefully insightful -- design journey:

  • creating a design concept for a new building
  • defining project goals, setting targets, and brainstorming strategies to achieve them
  • exploring conceptual design options to consider which best achieve your goals
  • designing a schematic layout and translating that into a real building form
  • articulating the building envelope features and analyzing their impact on performance
  • designing a structural layout and analyzing the size of critical elements
  • choosing an HVAC strategy, designing a layout, and sizing its components
  • designing and laying out the essential components of the plumbing systems

It’s time now to reflect back on that journey from a higher level and share your insights about the entire experience.

Final Design Journal Entry

Your Design Journal entries this week should reflect back on your design journey through class from a higher level and share your insights about the entire experience. Please create a brief Executive Summary that shares your concluding thoughts about your entire design experience thru the quarter.

There's no need to repeat the detailed analysis and information shared in your earlier design journal entries. We can go back and review your earlier entries for the details on specific topics.

Rather, use this concluding journal entry as an opportunity to reflect on:

  • Key / Essential / Unique Design Features that you explored in your project.
  • Your Big Successes -- what worked very well and what features you're most proud to share as examples to inspire others.
  • Your Big Challenges -- what aspects of the project created the biggest challenges and what would you do differently (in hindsight) to avoid or overcome these challenges.
  • Lessons Learned -- what sage words of advice would you share with other students who are embarking on a similar project.

Please summarize these thoughts in a Design Journal entry on this shared Notion page:

☀️Design Project Check-In: Sharing Your Project & Lessons Learned

Latest Versions of Your Project Models

Please also upload all the latest versions of your project models to your Autodesk Construction Cloud project folder. Please place these versions in a folder named Final Check-In.  Be sure to include these models:

  • architectural model
  • site model (if it’s a separate model)
  • structural model
  • mechanical/HVAC model
  • plumbing model

Please also copy the latest versions of these models to create one integrated model in your Coordination Space.  You can use this integrated model to help share your project in the video tour.

Final Poster

Please also create a poster where you share your design, successes, and challenges.

  • Your poster should be on a 24 x 36 sheet, designed with the correct aspect ratio in Google Slides or PowerPoint.
  • Your poster should include:
    • Regardless of your progress in the modules, summarize your project with the site location you chose.
    • Project Summary

    • Clearly state what you aimed to achieve with your design
    • Report on how proposed final design meets goals
    • Goals

    • Describe the strategies you employed for each system, explaining your choices. This includes:
      1. Design Strategies

      2. Orientation/Passive Design (how did your form respond to the site? Etc.)
      3. Facade (including energy analysis and sustainability goals)
      4. Structure
      5. HVAC
      6. Plumbing
    • Final Visualizations - Include 2 to 3 hero images showcasing your design:
      • 1 exterior rendering
      • 1 view highlighting interdisciplinary features (model coordination view)
      • 1 or 2 renderings of key features

Submit your poster in PDF format to this Google Drive folder by Tuesday March 12 11:59PM:


Parting Thoughts

That’s it!  You’ve completed your first journey through an integrated design process -- from design concept thru system design.  Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed the process (at least parts of it) and learned a lot along the way!

Many students comment at this point in their journey that “if I only knew then, what I know now, I’d do things a bit differently.” And that’s a great point to be in as you wrap up this journey.

Designing all the systems in a building is very complicated on an individual system basis, but even more importantly, as design teams (with many individual designers each optimizing for their individual discipline) tackle the task of designing an integrated system of many sub-systems.

If you’re carrying away an awareness of the considerations that drive the design of each system and an appreciation of how the design decisions for any system affect many other systems, you’ve accomplished exactly what I had hoped for in this course.

Be proud of what you’ve accomplished in your design project! And don’t sweat all the small details that aren’t quite as resolved as you’d like them to be. In a real project, we’d have months or even years to resolve these details. To accomplish what you have in our short time available is truly phenomenal, and you should be very proud of that!!!