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The impact of computer aided architectural design programs on conceptual design in an educational context.

Salman, Huda S.; Laing, Richard; Conniff, Anna

Authors

Anna Conniff



Abstract

Little research has been undertaken concerning the manner in which students use computer aided architectural design (CAAD) programs for conceptual design. The research aim was to explore the potential impact of CAAD programs as conceptual design tools within architectural design methodologies. Therefore, the study aimed to understand the effect of CAAD on self-reflection using a think-aloud method. The findings demonstrate that participants used CAAD representations for concept development, information visualisation and presentation of design strategies. Results from the detailed analysis of design process are enlightening, particularly in terms of the cyclical nature of conceptual design. Furthermore, the use of a micro-detail protocol study within this context suggests an appropriate methodology for application in further study of the architectural design process.

Citation

SALMAN, H.S., LAING, R. and CONNIFF, A. 2014. The impact of computer aided architectural design programs on conceptual design in an educational context. Design studies, 35(4), pages 412-439. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.destud.2014.02.002

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 15, 2014
Online Publication Date Mar 15, 2014
Publication Date Jul 31, 2014
Deposit Date May 26, 2014
Publicly Available Date May 26, 2014
Journal Design studies
Print ISSN 0142-694X
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 35
Issue 4
Pages 412-439
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.destud.2014.02.002
Keywords Architectural design; Design activity; Computer aided architectural design; Protocol analysis; Conceptual phase
Public URL http://hdl.handle.net/10059/982

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