Forming design teams for improved performances

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The increasing complexity of design makes it necessary to consider different ways to organize design projects, as the interaction with other disciplines and stakeholders in the conceptual design phase becomes more and more important increases. The need is urgently felt on a daily basis to achieve early integration of disciplines and parties. The traditional hierarchical roles with the conceptual design will need to be adjusted and it is important that the design process participants become a team. There are techniques to ensure that a new team starts in a good way. Usually a team goes through four phases before it is really tuned to each other. Tuckman has described the development of cooperation within groups. Groups develop themselves in a certain order into a team: forming, storming, norming, performing and adjourning. It is a good model for the analyzing the steps within the development of cooperation within a team and can be used to illustrate the steps of morphological approach. In connection with the Integral design research project for professional in the Dutch building industry, we developed an educational project, the master project integral design. Interaction between practice, research and education forms the core of the ‘integral approach’. In this research well over two hundred professionals participated as well as four hundred students in different courses and projects. Therefore the concept of the integral design workshop for professionals was implemented within the start-up workshop of our multidisciplinary masters’ project. The basis of this project, which serves as a learning-by-doing start-up workshop for master students, is the Integral Design method with its use of morphological overviews. The frame work of the approach is described as well as the positive quantitate and qualitied effects on the collaboration between the design team’s members as result of the morphological approach
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings ASHRAE annual conference 2018
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2018
EventASHRAE Annual conference 2018 - Hilton Americas hotel and the George R. Brown Convention Center., Houston, United States
Duration: 23 Jun 201827 Jun 2018


ConferenceASHRAE Annual conference 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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