Information Modeling in Architectural Design: Collaborative Environment for Decision-Making Process

By Ajla Aksamija.

Published by The Design Collection

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Architectural design is a complex process involving numerous factors. Historically, designers have been researching and developing methods to aid the design process, and to represent the building as a three-dimensional object occupying space by different means—words, models, drawings, perspectives, specifications, etc. The new trend in architectural practice is that buildings are being designed as three-dimensional objects with certain properties and attributes, and the information about them can be exchanged and shared. The existing tools are usually focused on a specific task, such as drafting, simulations, structural analysis, project management, collaboration, etc. These are always distinct, complex, and often require high level of involvement from the user. Moreover, the results from one application cannot be analyzed from another perspective, resulting in time loss and inefficiency. The problem is that architects usually do not spend a lot of project time in the early phases and quick decisions are required, but the tools do not support that process. In this paper, web-based application for decision-making process in architectural design is discussed, focusing on early-phase schematic design. The application integrates several functions necessary for schematic design. The benefit of this approach is that it assists the designer in the process and aids the decision-making.

Keywords: Architectural Design, Digital Design, Building Information Modeling

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.79-88. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 960.330KB).

Dr. Ajla Aksamija

PhD Candidate, School of Architecture, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, USA

Ajla Zisko-Aksamija is a PhD candidate at the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work focuses on digital design and representation, information modeling, and knowledge management in architecture, especially integrated design of tall buildings. She is also a researcher at the US Army Corps of Engineers ERDC Construction Engineering Research Laboratory. Her professional experience includes City of Champaign, Institute for Urbanism in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Doxat Architecture.

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