Conceptual design supporting tool between architectural design office and its client

JiangTao Shen, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TUE). Stan Ackermans Instituut. Architectural Design Management Systems (ADMS)

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    Accompanied with the continuation of rapid Chinese economic growth through the past decades, I have experienced great changes happened in the architectural design industry. Computer science and various architectural design theories had been widely applied; traditional design institutes, which based on planned economic system, are no longer the only choice for clients; new style small professional offices are mushrooming to meet the increasing demands of the expanding building market… However, study on the management of architectural design process has not gained enough attention, especially on the management of architectural conceptual design process for those small professional offices. Opportunities of booming development also bring sever competition among the mushrooming architectural design offices. Those who possess more competitive advantages will be more likely to survive. Doubtlessly, to work in an effective and quality-control manner will be one of the most important components of those competitive advantages. Architectural conceptual design process is an effort-consuming, intelligent-intensive, and an iterative process. How shall a design office response the request of its client, exchange the right information in time, and deliver the quality controlled design result in accordance with the mutual agreed schedule, greatly influences the evaluation from the client on its work performance. This paper aims to develop a management tool - CDST (Conceptual Design Supporting Tool) for those architectural design offices to improve their work performance on the architectural conceptual design process. Purpose of this tool implies the following aspects: 1) Helps the architectural design office to work in an effective and quality-control manner. 2) Guide the office to plan an OAS (office automation system) specifically for the management on the project design process. Inspired by the method of "learning or reflective cycle" ( Van Aken 2004), the management reform of Tianye office is chosen as a study case for the research. And later, another architectural design office-Steinberg Architects Shanghai office will be taken as a comparison and scenario to further explain on the result of the research-CDST. Through the research, CDST is designed into two parts. One is the CMT (Core management tool), the other is the information system guidance. Regarding the CMT, it contains the OMF (Overall management framework) part and the DSM (Detail supporting manual) part. The OMF part illustrates an overall insight on the business process of architectural conceptual design phase. The DSM part explains the influenced parameters and relevant principals on refining the work flow and data flow, which represent the business process of the architectural conceptual design phase. The information system guidance suggests the architectural design office to adopt an office automation system (OAS) on coping with its complex and knowledge-intensive daily work. Relevant types of OAS are introduced and suggestions on establishing a specific OAS, which is based on the specific circumstances of the office, are given. Since the CDST suggests involving employees into the management reform procedures, the possibility of successfully realizing the standardized and infomatized system within the design office enjoys strong Mass Basis.
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • Timmermans, Harry, Supervisor
    • den Otter, Ad, Supervisor
    • Pels, Henkjan, Supervisor
    • Zhang, Ning, External supervisor
    • Zeng, Henry, External supervisor, External person
    Award date5 Apr 2012
    Place of PublicationEindhoven
    Print ISBNs978-90-444-1116-4
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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