Integral Design method for conceptual building design

P. Savanovic, W. Zeiler

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Building design processes show a sequential involvement of different responsible disciplines, where architects traditionally make designs while engineers optimize and make those designs buildable. However, most important decisions in building design are taken during early design phases, when building concepts are defined, making traditional approaches inadequate, especially for design of sustainable buildings that require new and innovative solutions. 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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 09), 24-27 August 2009, Stanford, USA
EditorsM.N. Bergendahl, M. Grimheden
Place of PublicationStanford
PublisherDesign Society
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event17th International Conference in Engineering Design (ICED 09), August 24-27, 2009, Stanford, CA, USA - Stanford, CA, United States
Duration: 24 Aug 200927 Aug 2009


Conference17th International Conference in Engineering Design (ICED 09), August 24-27, 2009, Stanford, CA, USA
Abbreviated titleICED 09
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityStanford, CA


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