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Design Management

1st Edition

By Stephen Emmitt


168 pages

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This is a design guide for architects, engineers and contractors concerning the principles and application of design management. This book addresses the value that design management and design managers contribute to construction projects. As part of the PocketArchitecture series, Design Management is divided into two parts: Fundamentals and Application. In Part 1, Fundamentals, the chapters address the why, what, how and when questions in a simple and informative style, illustrated with vignettes from design management professionals. In Part 2, case studies from Colombia, Norway and the USA represent unique examples of the application of design management. This book offers a concise overview of design management for postgraduate students and early career design managers.


'Stephen Emmitt has written a clear, concise and straight forward description of design management, brought alive by vignettes from professionals of their experience and application of design management in industry and through international case studies. It is an essential reference book for anyone working in design or with designers… a very enjoyable and accessible read.' - Rachel Cooper OBE, Distinguished Professor: Design Management and Policy, Lancaster University

'Professor Emmitt begins a conversation long overdue. I would recommend this work for more than just students and early design professionals but for the seasoned practitioner as well. The globalization of our industry has afforded numerous positive benefits for all. Riding tandem to these benefits we often find glaring gaps in project delivery systems. Improper management wastes resources and endangers lives when buildings fail to function as intended. This guide covers a wide breadth of design management methods and helps practitioners go on to deliver high quality construction.' - Stephen Forneris, AIA, Principal and Board Director; Perkins Eastman Architects, New York, USA

Table of Contents

Series Editor’s Preface Acknowledgements Introduction Part 1: Fundamentals 1. Design Management Fundamentals 2. Pre-Construction - Generating Design Value 3. Construction - Delivering Design Value 4. Working Together - Valuing Design Interactions 5. The Design Manager Part 2: Application: Project Case Studies 6. Shining Light on the Dark Side: An American Architect’s Journey into Design Management Dave Beem, Beem Management, USA 7. Design Management: An Integrated Approach Rick del Monte, Beck Group, USA 8. Collaborative Planning in Design Vegard Knotten and Fredrik Svalestuen, Veidekke, Norway 9. Project Delivery in Emerging Markets: A Case Study from Colombia Rodrigo Rubio-Vollert, ARPRO, Colombia Further Reading Index

About the Author

Stephen Emmitt is an architect and established book author. He is a Professor of Architectural Practice, Director of the Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA) and Head of the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath, UK. His research and teaching focus on the application of design management in collaborative projects. He is Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Architectural Engineering and Design Management.

About the Series


Technical Design Series

The design and construction of buildings and facilities is no small feat. It requires a great deal of technical knowhow. Building professionals utilize ‘rules of thumb’ to make many of these technical decisions, much of which is unwritten based on traditional approaches of adherence to cultural codes of practice and building regulations. Students and professionals in architecture, engineering and construction have little scientific or fundamental physics as a basis for these decisions. This lack of technical understanding and access to need-to-know information inevitably leads to inappropriate technical design decisions.

PocketArchitecture:Technical Design Series is intended to fill this void. It comprises succinct, easy to use, topic-based volumes that collate in one place unbiased, need-to-know technical information about a particular subject area.  This series demystifies the scientific basis for technical design solutions, illustrating how fundamental scientific theory has been used to develop both traditional and innovative construction techniques and practices.

Books within the PocketArchitecture:Technical Design Series each provide a ‘fundamentals’ section in which the underlying scientific theory relating to the topic is presented and an ‘applications’ section that describes how the scientific theory has been applied to technical design solutions. The highly illustrated ‘applications’ section explains the scientific basis for common technical design ‘rules of thumb’, for traditional and innovative construction practices and for relevant codes of practice and building regulations and comprises the majority of each volume.

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