A University course gives you the opportunity to develop the conceptual way of thinking.
It is a unique environment that allows you to think broadly without concerning yourself initially with the complex science and law surrounding building.
Gradually the understanding of energy efficiency, of construction methods, of local government rules and construction law, is included in the course, however it does take time. This is why the course takes five-six years long.
Through it all, we are slowly learning how to hold on to a precious idea (or concept) through the rigors of climate and the reality of commerce. Of course though, a degree is only the beginning of a life of discovering and balancing the idea hidden within a building site.
next time (final installment): "...wasted space costs money to build"