Judgement in the design of houses: explanations by architects for design decisionsABSTRACT: This paper reports a view of judgement during the architectural design process that emerges from architects’ talking about their work, primarily in a series of interviews with the architects of houses that have won Australian State or National RAIA Awards for Architecture. It addresses the bases of the architects’ design decisions and how decisions about environment and sustainability relate to decisions about other aspects of design. The paper examines three questions: How much is the act of judgement overt in the way designers talk about their work? How much do they appear to consider options and judge between alternatives? How much do they refer to criteria and bases for their judgement? The results highlight that design is a multi-faceted process in which judgements are made based on the simultaneous fit of a design choice with appropriate responses to a spectrum of design objectives. The paper suggests that it is not appropriate to judge design with the single factor view inherent in many existing regulatory and environmental assessment approaches.

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    Radford, Antony
    Soebarto, Veronica
    Williamson, Terry
    Bennetts, Helen
    2006 Conference Papers
    Building Case Studies
    Human Issues



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