Design-build is a 3-semester course that gives graduate students in Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the North Dakota State University an opportunity  to see their ideas emerge from sketches and concepts to full scale completed structures. Students engage several clients, experts and professionals and provide design solutions for various sites to prospective clients. One of these projects moves forward to construction.

During the three semesters, students are encouraged to develop strengths in various areas of project development and completion such as planning, collaboration, conceptualization, design, management, fundraising, accounting, architectural representations from presentations to clients to construction documentation for construction, contracting, construction, web design, graphics design and many other skills required to successfully execute an architectural project.

The Design Build studio 2011 has researched, analyzed, designed, and is currently building a beautiful, low-energy 4-person demonstration cabin that is planned to meet the Passive House performance criteria. The design also takes into consideration carbon implications and resource use analysis as a step towards achieving a sustainable future. The structure is being constructed at the Eco-Experience exhibit, Minnesota State Fair 2011 where it will be exhibited for ten days and will educate an estimated 300,000+ people about achieving very high levels of resource and energy efficiency on a mid-market budget. After the Fair, the structure will either be moved to a permanent location or dismantled and re-purposed for other uses.

To learn more about what is happening on the build site visit the build blog