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Beyond specification: A study of architect and client interaction

McDonnell, Janet and Lloyd, Peter (2014) Beyond specification: A study of architect and client interaction. Design Studies, 35 (4). pp. 327-352. ISSN 0142-694X

Type of Research: Article
Creators: McDonnell, Janet and Lloyd, Peter

This paper examines a successful architectural design process, taking place over a period of seven years, which resulted in the delivery of a complex building meeting the aspirations of the client. Our analysis focuses on the mechanisms by which expectations about how a building will be experienced are created, shared, and resolved during the process of design. We find differences in the ways designer and client talk to each other about experience and differences in the talk before the construction of the building and after it has been built and occupied. We discuss these differences and why the ‘design concept’ manifests in distinctive ways. We suggest that the phenomena we have noticed are linked intrinsically to expert design performance.

Official Website: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.destud.2014.01.003
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Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: architectural design; communication; conceptual design; design knowledge; design practice
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Elsevier (Cell Press)
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: July 2014
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1016/j.destud.2014.01.003
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2014 11:21
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2015 14:07
Item ID: 6512
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/6512

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