Methodical Design 1972 โ€“ 2006: A Historical Overview about a Design Model

By Wim Zeiler.

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The paper provides an overview of a specific design model, Methodical Design, developed at the University of Twente, the Netherlands, in the early seventies for applications in Mechanical Engineering domain. Utilizing this model proved to be a good method to teach students how to design. Methodical Design is a combination of German and Anglo-American design schools and provides a suitable framework for developments in domains other than Mechanical Engineering. The focus in this paper is on application of Methodical Design model in the domain of built environment. In the Netherlands bachelor and master education programs at Technical High Schools and the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven use this model to teach students mechanical engineering design and building services design. Besides the use for teaching different companies and practitioners showed that is possible to successfully apply Methodical Design in practice as well.

Keywords: Metodical Design, Design Methodology

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.59-68. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 786.031KB).

Prof. Wim Zeiler

Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, Building Physics and Systems, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven TU/e, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Wim Zeiler studied Mechanical Engineering (Design and construction; Methodical Design) at the Technische Universiteit Twente. In 1983 he started as a technical policy co-operator. Later he became establishment manager and adjunct-director of Kropman Rijswijk. In 1998 he became and adjunt-director Knowledge Transfer and Technology Development. In technology development he worked together with ECN Petten, ATO Wageningen, TU Delft, Universiteit Twente and TNO Building Research Delft. In 1991 he was awarded the CAPE-(Computer Applications for Production and Engineering)-award of the CIAD (Society for Computerapplications in the Engineeringspractice) . For his publications he was awarded the B.J.Max award of the TVVL ( Dutch society for Building Services in the Built Environment) in 1994. Within the TVVL he was member and chairman of the steering committee Klimaattechniek and member of the Technical council for nine years. Currently he is chairman of the department Elektrotechniek and member of the editorial board of the TVVL magazine. He is member of the supervisory board of ISSO. After being lecturer at the Haagse Hogeschool, from 1996 till 1998, he was a visiting assistant professor at the faculty of Architecture of the TU Delft from 2000 till 2003. In 2001 he became professor Building Services at the faculty of Architecture at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. His main research topics are Integral Design and Sustainable Energy in the Built Environment.


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