Intersections Between the Academy and Practice, Papers from the 2016 AIA/ACSA Intersections Symposium

Optimizing Early Design Process Decision Making Through Effective Problem Framing

Intersections Proceedings

Author(s): Clifton Fordham

Building design and delivery activities, from programming to commissioning, draw on different strengths of architects including a unique form of problem solving that appears mysterious and personal. More common early in the design process, an intuitive approach, and a paucity of arguments connected to the financial interests of owners, masks the capacity of architects to provide valued adding integral sustainable design solutions which others can effectively provide. An inclination toward intuition, and simulating early phase design problem solving, is consistent with how architecture schools teach, supplementing core studio curriculum with course work structured to introduce detailed knowledge. Within schools, this division is supported by the perception that numerical, and technical considerations, inhibit creativity and fluid output.

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