Sustainable building design and construction involves complex systems that require multidisciplinary teams from engineering, construction, and architecture, to design and analyze the systems at every stage of the process during the building’s life cycle. However, students who are the future work force are often trained in different disciplines across different colleges. When these students are grouped together to work on the building design and analysis, learning in a multidisciplinary environment could be both beneficial and challenging due to the difference in their background. In this paper, we report our experience and analysis of data examining the learning effectiveness of the undergraduate students from three cross-college departments in architecture, construction, and engineering. Using pre- and post-semester tests on selected building science problems, we have investigated how the student’s understanding of building science had changed through team projects. Particularly, for mechanical engineering students in the design of thermal/fluid systems classes, we analyzed whether a cross-college multidisciplinary team could do better as compared to a disciplinary-specific team within the same class. We also examined the potential effects of emerging technology, augmented reality, on student learning in the same team environment. It was interesting to find that students’ learning in discipline-specific teams can be improved as in the multidisciplinary teams, due to the challenges in the complexity of the projects.

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