Using Methodical Design for Culture Change in Dutch Building Design Practice: 'Learning by Doing' Workshops

By Perica Savanović and Wim Zeiler.

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Since 2001 the ‘integral approach’ has been propagated within Dutch building design practice, through continuously developing ‘learning by doing’ workshops.
The organization of workshops started during the ‘Integral Design’ project that was conducted by the Dutch Society for Building Services (TVVL), the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (BNA) and Delft University of Technology (TUD). The main focus of that project, which ended in 2003, was to raise the awareness of different disciplines about each others positions and problems in relation to building design, and to give an overview of issues influencing design integration, together with possible solution directions. Based on that project’s results and utilizing Van den Kroonenberg's ‘Methodical design’ model, a new series of ‘Integral design workshops’ started in 2004. The workshops are in parallel implemented as a part of permanent professional education of BNA and the Dutch Association of Consulting Engineers (ONRI), where they are meant to trigger the changes in (work) cultures of involved disciplines, and as a part of education of Master students at Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e). At the same time the workshops are continuously developed within the ‘Integral design methodology in context of sustainable comfort systems’ PhD-research project. This research project (2004-2008) is conducted within Knowledge Centre for Building and Systems (KCBS), cooperation between TU/e and the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research, core area Built Environment and Geosciences (TNO Bouw en Ondergrond), and is part of Building Services chair’s research program, Building Physics Unit of Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning.
In this paper we will explain the continuous development of workshops, give an overview of participants’ assessments (more than 100 professionals have already taken part in BNA-ONRI-KCBS workshops) and reflect on preliminary results / conclusions.

Keywords: Building Design, Design Methodology, Integral Design, Methodical Design, Multidisciplinary Teams, Workshops

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.71-82. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.748MB).

Perica Savanović

PhD Candidate, Building Physics and Systems Unit, Department of Architecture, Building and Planning, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Master of Science in Architecture, graduated cum laude from TU Delft in 2001. Worked for 3½ years as architect-designer at a middle-sized architectural office in The Netherlands. During his work fortunate to encounter a variety of design tasks (small interior to large master plan assignments), “from furniture to urban scale” as they say. The experienced overall lack of ‘integral approach’ in building design practice tempted him to start a PhD-research project on the subject at the end of 2004. The main area of interest can be described as integral design (‘design’ seen as activity) within multidisciplinary design team setting, the specific focus being sustainable comfort in buildings.

Prof. Wim Zeiler

Professor, Building Physics and Systems Unit, Department of Architecture, Building and Planning, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Design and construction; Methodical Design), graduated from Technische Universiteit Twente. Starting as a technical policy co-operator in 1983, he became an establishment manager and adjunct-director of Kropman Rijswijk. In 1998 he was named adjunct-director Knowledge Transfer and Technology Development. Within 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-award (Computer Applications for Production and Engineering) of the CIAD (Society for Computer applications in the Engineering practice). 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 Climate Technology and member of the Technical council for nine years. Currently he is the chairman of the Electrical Engineering department and member of the editorial board of the TVVL magazine. He is member of the supervisory board of ISSO. Lecturer at the Haagse Hogeschool from 1996 till 1998 and a visiting assistant professor at the faculty of Architecture of the TU Delft from 2000 till 2003. In 2001 he became full professor Building Services at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e). His main research topics are Integral Design and Sustainable Energy in the Built Environment.

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