Modelling an architectural design process

Şahinler, Kubilay
Architecture is influenced by developing technologies as well as by political, social, and economic practices. In this context, the scope of architectural service also evolves. Accordingly, different studies are carried out on the execution of the design process with different methodologies. In the building design process, various models are proposed and discussed, in which the role of the architect is questioned. In this context, this research includes a series of model suggestions aimed at making the architectural design process more efficient by redefining the role of the architect. The primary motivation in the research process, is that the role of an architect can be described as not a final artefact designer, but rather as an actor who designs different stages within a specific system, defines the design boundaries, their potentials, and designs the system that will create a limited design set. Accordingly, in the research context, a series of exploration and discourses on today's changing architectural practice will be presented, and explanations will be given on how expectations from architectural design have changed. Subsequently, different models developed in this study will be presented, tested and evaluated for the design process. The first model is based on parameterizing a structure with all its elements and defining its constraints. The second model is a system developed with generative algorithms aiming to produce generic solutions regarding the feedback coming from the first model. Discussions on the design and solution sets are carried out on this model. On the other hand, the last model is a system built upon the experience of the first two models. Design limits and expectations are defined within the system with stored building components, and with operational research methodologies, it is tried to make the design process more efficient. In conclusion, the proposed models will be compared, and their potentials will be discussed. The effects of the proposed models on the design process to make the building design process more efficient will be examined, and ideas on how the architectural practice can be shaped in the future will be discussed.


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Citation Formats
K. Şahinler, “Modelling an architectural design process,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.