‘Early Career Architects’ and the Act of Detailed Design in Architectural Practice: Establishing an Effective Research Design

Sloan, Jim (2016) ‘Early Career Architects’ and the Act of Detailed Design in Architectural Practice: Establishing an Effective Research Design. In: ID@50 Integrated Design Conference 2016, 29 June - 1 July 2016, University of Bath.


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This paper discusses the research design for a PhD project that
examines how ‘early career architects’ engage with detailed design in
architectural practice. The literature on detailed design in architectural practice points to a dominant discourse of experience informing decision making in preference to other forms of information, such as written guidance and standards. The literature gives only brief glimpses of recent graduates who can be considered ‘early career architects’ in relation to this dominant discourse. The literature also identifies that these ‘early career architects’ are encountering architectural practice as a discourse that is distinctively different to the discourse of architecture school. This research considers how these ‘early career architects’ learn to operate in an experience dominated setting. The research adopts an ethnographic approach using observation, diaries and
interviews with participants to build a picture of their every-day actions and
interactions during detailed design. The ongoing pilot study highlights a number issues that this approach has raised and how they are being addressed in a practical way.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Editors of conference proceedings: Stephen Emmitt & Kemi Adeyeye (University of Bath)
29 June 2016Published
Uncontrolled Keywords: Detailed Design Ethnography Experience Early Career Architects Architectural Practice
Subjects: CAH13 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01-01 - architecture
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham School of Architecture and Design
Depositing User: Mr Jim Sloan
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2017 15:03
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 15:59
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3666

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