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Tools, Stages and Perspective-Taking during the Architectural Design Process: Preliminary Results from a University-building Case-study in Australia

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  • Saskia Felizitas Kuliga
  • Ruth Dalton
  • Martin Tomko
  • Christoph Hoelscher
Publication date1/09/2014
Host publicationDesign Cognition and Behavior: Usability in the Built Environment
PublisherTransregional Collaborative Research Center SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition
Number of pages5
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This case-study investigated which tools and techniques building planners use during the architectural design process in order to anticipate future building-user experience. Preliminary qualitative analysis of seven semistructured interviews with key stakeholders involved in the planning of a university building revealed that architects and designers mainly rely on past experience and tacit knowledge, rather than using systematic pre-occupancy evaluation methods. Based on insights from interdisciplinary research, this article seeks to encourage further discussion of need-analysis for assistive tools in architectural design.