Applying design science approach to architectural design development

Aburamadan, RF and Trillo, C ORCID: 2020, 'Applying design science approach to architectural design development' , Frontiers for Architectural Research, 9 (1) , pp. 216-235.

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Unlike research methods for social science and positivist sciences, those for architectural design lack a discipline- specific conceptual framework. Performative science aims at producing outcomes for future use and therefore needs a robust methodological approach that encompasses different techniques and methods supporting an evidence-based architectural design development. This study suggests that design science can be successfully applied to architectural design development and provide architects and designers with a powerful tool bridging the gap between research and design. In so doing, this study explores the application of design science to carry out a user-centered design approach. A design challenge is reframed within the robust framework of design science by referring to a case study on refugee shelters. The traditional way in which shelter optimization is pursued by designers is questioned by involving the final users through an ethnographic approach within the framework of design science.The design outcome produced through this process is a list of specifications allowing designers to create different architectural solutions and matching the requirements expressed by the future users. The authors argue that a user-centered design outcome can be achieved and validated through design science.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Journal or Publication Title: Frontiers for Architectural Research
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 2095-2635
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Depositing User: Dr Claudia Trillo
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2019 07:34
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 02:58

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