Design Concept: A Displaced Anecdote in the Landscape Architectural Design Process

By Shabnam Kavousi, Suhardi Maulan, Mohd Nasir Baharuddin and Steven Eric Krauss.

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In the landscape architecture design process, “concept” is important for providing uniqueness to a design. However, many landscape designers today do not rely on a well-defined concept, thus obstructing the development of their designs. This study aimed to identify the problems that Malaysian landscape designers face in developing a strong design concept. To address this issue, in-depth and focus group interviews were conducted by guiding the participants through a conceptual thinking procedure in which eighteen participants took part. The respondents were chosen among Malaysian professional landscape designers through purposeful sampling. Results indicated that most Malaysian landscape designers neglect the post- design evaluation stage, which obstructs the development of a strong concept for subsequent landscape designs. The results aim to contribute to a better understanding of the importance of design concept and the factors that contribute to its development among Malaysian landscape designers.

Keywords: Concept, Design Process, Landscape Design

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.301-316. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.317MB).

Shabnam Kavousi

Candidate of Master Science, Department of Landscape Architecture, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia

Shabnam Kavousi received her bachelor in the field of Fine art from Shiraz Soureh University. Currently, she is a Master of Science student researching in the area of landscape design process.

Dr. Suhardi Maulan

Head, Landscape Architecture Department, Faculty of Design and Architecture, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia

Suhardi Maulan was born on September 11, 1971 in Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia. After graduating from UiTM with a Diploma in Landscape Design, Suhardi worked as a landscape architect assistant in Akitek Jururancang Malaysia. In 1994, he received a scholarship from the Malaysian Government to study Landscape Architecture in the USA and he received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in 1997 from Louisiana State University. In June 2000, he was awarded another Malaysian Government Scholarship for graduate study in Landscape Architecture at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA and in 2006, he received his PhD in Environmental Design and Planning. Currently, he is working as an academician as well as landscape architect at the Department of Landscape Architecture, Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Mohd Nasir Baharuddin

Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture, Fakulty of Design and Architecture, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia

Mohd Nasir Baharuddin. A Masters of Fine Art graduate from Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia, U.S.A., Mohd Nasir has involved many exhibitions either at national or international level. He has taught art and design at various colleges and universities, and as an art director for the Gallery Shah Alam, Selangor, before joining Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). He is an art critic and writer for an art magazine and journal. Currently he is a senior lecturer at Architecture Department, Faculty of Design and Architecture that emphasizes socio-culture environment and visual culture study and the Programme Coordinator for the Theory and History of Knowledge in Design for graduate student. Mohd Nasir received many awards in art competitions and collaborative art projects. His current research interests include developing theories and to develop between consciousness and communication systems into systemic meaning that benefited in our lifecycle. It emphasis the whole process of perception and self description about ‘form’ that reflect within the first or second order of observation. It addresses the texts and medium as message of meaning and information, where the information that produced will accumulate a reflective understanding and variety of meaning operation, in conveying to society.

Dr. Steven Eric Krauss

Lecturer, Professional Development and Continuing Education, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Steven Eric Krauss* *is a Lecturer in the Department of Professional Development and Continuing Education, Universiti Putra Malaysia. He received his B.A. from the University of Delaware (U.S.), his M.S. from Columbia University (U.S.) and his PhD from the Institute for Community & Peace Studies (PEKKA), Universiti Putra Malaysia in 2005 in the field of Youth Studies. His research and teaching interests include youth development, human resource development, Islamic religiosity/spirituality and social work. He currently teaches courses in Youth Resource Development, Volunteerism, Qualitative Research Methodology and Youth Program Development. He has authored and co-authored several articles in local and international journals.

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