The Gallery –

Daragh Byrne Associate Teaching Professor
School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University. Courtesy appointment in the School of Design.

The Gallery

The Gallery Homepage includes featured work for areas of interest for the IDeATe Program, highlights new additions and courses. It provides an access point across areas of the curriculum for students.
Each pool also includes the option to include a template. As a student creates a project, the template is included and gives them the ‘boilerplate’ for their documentation. They help students think about how to develop their narrative and reflect on the project. They also help students focus on the learning objectives and reveal the aspects of process and product that matter. A default template is included automatically and the instructor can customize them based on the assignments.

Dates 2014 - date


The IDeATe Gallery has grown from a prototype to support instruction in one course to a widely used tool by the program. Working with the Eberly Center, we’ve begun to reflect on the data collected to date, refine and integrate new features for process documentation and rubric-based evaluation of outcomes.

Since Fall 2014, it has been used within 15 IDeATe courses and over 350 users have contributed 1550 projects. The platform is organized as a series of assignment ‘pools’ to which students contribute their projects, and team members can collaboratively prepare rich documentation of their outcomes. It supports novices by scaffolding documentation through templates containing guidance and reflective prompts. Once documented, students can seek feedback on their work through distributed online peer- critique facilitated through comment-based discussion. By distributing the process of critique and fostering a community of peer-feedback, it affords learners more timely feedback, it enhances visibility of their outcomes within the learning community, requires them to review alternative approaches, and to practice and develop their own critique skills.


  • 2015-2016 Wimmer Faculty Fellow awarded to support work on the Gallery
  • 2017 Teaching Innovation Award from the CMU Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation awarded for work on the Gallery.
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