Computer supported communication and collaboration
among partners in the building design and construction process are no longer mere possibilities, but, given the will and know-how of the participants, a reality. Team members could work on a building design at any place, simultaneously together (synchro- nously) or separately (asynchronously), while the latest state of the design would always be available in a shared database. But to
be successful, this emerging type of cooperation often requires new design and communication methods.
This paper documents an experimental approach to design collaboration, tested in an intensive, one-week long Virtual Design Studio exercise involving three academic institutions. It briefly describes the structure and goals of the studio exercise, the methodologies applied, the resulting process of collaboration,
and the lessons learned.