Penn State's Department of Architectural Engineering has won an award for teaching building information model (BIM) technology.
The department will receive the Academic Program/Curriculum Development Award for its interdisciplinary collaborative BIM studio at the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) national convention later this month.
The BIM studio uses digital modeling as a collaborative tool for integrating sustainable design across the disciplines of architectural engineering, architecture and landscape architecture. Students work collaboratively in interdisciplinary courses and studios using BIM solutions to develop, explore and analyze building designs, and experience first hand the benefits of using an interdisciplinary project design approach.
The award is bestowed by the AIA Technology in Architecture Practice Knowledge Community to highlight top case studies in the use of BIM technology and processes to further design, construction and project excellence.