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1st Edition

Design Project Management

ISBN 9780754618317
Published April 7, 2016 by Routledge
192 Pages

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Book Description

Design Project Management is a guide to contracting and working with designers, and managing design projects proactively through to successful completion. It provides guidance for clients on simultaneously optimizing the business outcome and the creative opportunity of a design project by getting the best from a design project team through leadership, team building, mutual understanding and good communication. It also gives professional guidance to design and architecture students, and can help design consultants to ensure that they and their clients are doing everything right. Griff Boyle takes you through the whole design project from setting business objectives and design parameters, preparation of briefing documentation, shortlisting design consultants and evaluating concept design proposals and fees, to preparing forms of appointment and assembling in-house and 'external' project teams. The author explains how best to establish and meet project objectives, select works contractors and sub-contractors, and administer tenders and contracts. Advice on balancing and monitoring costs and resources, progress and financial reporting, and change control mechanisms is also given. To highlight typical problems and their solutions the author quotes case study examples from interiors, exhibition, refurbishment and multidisciplinary projects. Public and private sector managers involved in building services, retail, leisure, exhibition and office schemes will find this book saves them time and money, whether or not they have an in-house design team.

Table of Contents

Contents: The key to design management; Assembly of the client team; The briefing process; Shortlisting design consultants; Presentation of concepts and assessment of proposals; Appointment of design consultants; Design development, design coordination and information management; Tendering and contract strategy for works contractors; Project management; Post-project review activity; Bibliography; Further information; Index.

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Griff Boyle is a director of Griff Boyle Design Management (GBDM Ltd) UK. He has extensive, senior level experience of major, acclaimed UK design projects, both as an in-house manager and as a design management consultant.


'The book provides a useful contribution to the ongoing challenge of how to get companies to take design seriously and use it effectively. Well managed design projects invariably have a positive influence on the bottom line.' Ray Holland, Director of Masters Design Courses, Brunel University, UK