Approaching Environmental Issues in Architecture: A Case Study of a Design Process in Practice

By Mads Dines Petersen and Mary-Ann Knudstrup.

Published by The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice

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The research presented here takes its point of departure in the design process with a specific focus on how it is approached when designing energy efficient architecture. This is done through a single case-study of a design process in a Danish architectural office. This study shows the importance of having a clear strategy about how to work with optimizing the energy efficiency in the building from the first stages of the design process. It is not just a task that can be addressed by the engineers when a concept has been developed and approved by the client. It requires architects and engineers to address it from the beginning and work actively with it, but it also requires the client to state it clearly in the brief. From this study, it is evident that the work with energy efficiency requires us to focus on the formal framework for the design process. It must allow and support a multi-disciplinary design process from the beginning to address the challenges when designing energy efficient buildings.

Keywords: Design Process, Architectural Practice, Environmental Architecture, Design Collaboration, Design Stages, Integrated Design

The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp.27-38. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 695.574KB).

Mads Dines Petersen

Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

Mads Dines Petersen has a M.Sc. in English with a specialization in architecture and recently finished his PhD, with a focus on the design process in connection with environmental architecture. He has worked in Australia on a variety of projects, ranging from competitions to detailing houses. Furthermore, he was with a group of students exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2006.

Mary-Ann Knudstrup

Professor wsr, Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark

Mary-Ann Kndustrup is a Professor at Aalborg University and has a M.Arch from the Aarhus School of Architecture. She has worked and researched within Integrated Design, Health and Wellbeing as well as Sustainable Architecture and was one of the founders of Architecture & Design at Aalborg University.