Integral Design Method for Conceptual Building Design

DS 58-6: Proceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design, Vol. 6, Design Methods and Tools (pt. 2), Palo Alto, CA, USA, 24.-27.08.2009

Year: 2009
Editor: Norell Bergendahl, M.; Grimheden, M.; Leifer, L.; Skogstad, P.; Lindemann, U.
Author: Savanovic, Perica; Zeiler, Wim
Series: ICED
Section: Design Methods and Tools
Page(s): 167-178


Building design processes show a sequential involvement of disciplines. Architects traditionally make designs while engineers make those designs buildable. However, most important decisions in building design are taken during early design phases, making traditional approaches inadequate. In order to enhance team design in conceptual design phase, an integral design method is proposed. This ID-method is meant to support creation of building design concepts by integrating discipline-specific object-design-knowledge, based on the "knowledge space" and "concept space" notions as explained by the C-K theory. The ID-method itself was designed through a series of "learning-by-doing" workshops for experienced professionals, by iteratively adjusting both the method and workshop on basis of analysis and evaluations of the previous versions. The continuous development of workshops and the final design of the ID-method are presented in this paper. One of the main results achieved is the usability of the ID-method, indicated by workshop participants' positive comments and the inclusion of the method in the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects' Academy for permanent profession development.

Keywords: Integral design, Design teams, C-K theory, Design knowledge, Building concepts


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