Architectural Design Principles and Processes for Sustainability: Towards a Typology of Sustainable Building Design

By David Grierson and Carolyn Moultrie.

Published by The Design Collection

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The paradigm shift for sustainable buildings requires a transformation of the architectural design process. This paper examines how sustainability is embedded into design methodology and mapped onto, or has transformed, the design process. Interviews with a sample of Scottish architectural and multi-disciplinary practices were undertaken to explore the common approaches and barriers to sustainable design. Case study methodology was also employed to consider exemplar buildings and the value of post-occupancy evaluation is discussed. Within the context of the global environmental perspective, UK and Scottish legislation, sustainable principles and blueprints, a process model is developed to provide a framework for discussion and review. The first creative step is given as an alignment of practice ethos with established architectural philosophies and principles, from across the sustainability spectrum, to move towards a typology of sustainable building design.

Keywords: Sustainable Design, Processes and Principles, Scottish Architectural, Multi-disciplinary Practices

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.623-634. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1022.050KB).

Dr. David Grierson

Programme Director, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Dr. Grierson is both an architect and academic. He currently directs the Postgraduate Programme in Sustainable Engineering, at Strathclyde University and is a Director of the David Livingstone Centre for Sustainability. His teaching and research interests are in sustainable architecture and urban design. He is particularly active in the integration of teaching and learning activity across the postgraduate community, and the promotion of knowledge exchange and CPD through increased engagement with business, industry, the professions, and other institutions. Dr. Grierson is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a visiting lecturer in sustainability at Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Rome, and the University of Florence. His own architectural work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy Exhibition in London and he has gained a number of architectural awards including two Glasgow Institute of Architecture (GIA) Design Awards and a Sir Rowan Anderson Silver Medal for Architectural Design (RIAS). He has an active role in both the architectural and engineering professions, being listed on the UK Register of Architects (ARB), acting as the Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor (Engineering Design for Sustainable Development) contact for Faculty, and representing the University as a member of the Glasgow Urban Design Panel which advises Glasgow City Council’s Planning Committee on planning decisions.

Carolyn Moultrie

Researcher, Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Carolyn Moultrie is a chartered architect with over 20 years of experience across a variety of sectors and more recently has specialised in public sector buildings in particular custodial and healthcare. Carol studied at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art and since then has worked for a variety of private practices in Scotland. She has designed and managed projects in London, Belfast and Glasgow. To widen her knowledge of sustainability in relation to the built environment, Carolyn has recently undertaken a Research Masters (MRes) Building Design and Management for Sustainability at Strathclyde University. For her dissertation, Carolyn chose to look at how architectural practices are transforming design processes to move towards a typology of sustainable design.


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