Visual behaviour during perception of architectural drawings: Differences between architects and non architects

Albayrak Colaço, Canan
Acartürk, Cengiz
Architectural design is not just a technical process based on problem-solving and representation, but also a social process distributed between architect and non-architect stakeholders. In this study, visual behaviour differences between architects and non-architects during perception, interpretation and evaluation of architectural drawings are analysed. An eye tacking experiment was conducted on two groups of participants: 19 graduate level students of the Department of Architecture and 19 students from other faculties. Eye tracking data were analysed according to three categories: means of gaze duration, gaze count and gaze plot patterns. The results show that architecture and non-architecture students exhibit different cognitive processes. The duration, count and inordinateness of gaze patterns of architect subjects are lower than those of non-architect subjects. Clarifying such cognitive differences is critical for further development of methods and tools supporting communication between professional and non-professional design parties and especially empowering non-professional parties.
Eighth International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition (2 - 04 Temmuz 2018)


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C. Albayrak Colaço and C. Acartürk, “Visual behaviour during perception of architectural drawings: Differences between architects and non architects,” Milan, İtalya, 2018, p. 417, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: