The lack of design quality focus in construction: a case for examining suitable design processes

Walker, Alan, Greenwood, David and Johansen, Eric (2009) The lack of design quality focus in construction: a case for examining suitable design processes. In: Proceedings 25th Annual ARCOM Conference. Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), Reading, pp. 319-328. ISBN 9780955239014

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Abstract

A large number of projects in UK construction now involve contractor-led design and are thus very different from the traditional approach which formed the basis of the original Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Outline Plan of Work. Such integrated and contractor-led approaches support the reform agenda of the late 1990s that was introduced to tackle process inefficiency. However, within the design professions there has been concern that this resulted in buildings that were designed-down to a cost rather than designed-up to a value. An attempt to address this resulted in the formation of the Commission for Architecture and Built Environment (CABE) in 1999 and the launch, in 2003, of the Design Quality Indicator (DQI) which measures how well a building satisfies stakeholders. This paper presents the early phases of doctoral research which will examine the impact of integrated design management approaches upon Design Quality.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Preseanted at the 25th Annual ARCOM Conference, 7-9 September 2009, held at Albert Hall, Nottingham.
Subjects: K100 Architecture
K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
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Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2010 12:00
Last Modified: 08 May 2017 11:38
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2530

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