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1st Edition

Developing Your Design Process
Six Key Concepts for Studio

ISBN 9781315796659
Published September 4, 2014 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

Developing Your Design Process is your primary source for acquiring knowledge of how and why you design. It will help you understand how architects think as well as learn why you should educate yourself about design culture. You'll explore the spark of imagination that leads to a strong concept, realize the importance of sketching and rough drafts, focus your original concept to make your abstract idea visible, and finally step away for a moment to critically question your concept by identifying its strengths and weaknesses. You'll also be introduced to the language of design, architectural terminology, historic precedents, and designers, in addition to the why, what, and how of the design process.

The book is illustrated throughout with international examples of work by professionals and students in the discipline of architecture, and other related design professions.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations;  Acknowledgements;  Opening;  1. Beginning;  2. Imagining;  3. Playing;  4. Choosing;  5. Defining;  6. Assessing;  Closing;  Index.

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Albert C. Smith is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University, Canada. He holds a PhD, from the Georgia Institute of Technology, in architecture with a subject area of history, theory and criticism, he has a main interest in representation and is author of the book Architectural Model as Machine.

Kendra Schank Smith is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University. With a PhD in architecture from Georgia Tech, she has written on representation, urbanism, architectural education, and media, and has published two books that explore the representational qualities of architectural sketches.


'This straight-forward, friendly, and engaging text is a teaching treasure, packed with insights, lessons and advice that every architecture professor wants her/his students to know. As a result, its guided tour of the design process will assist readers to navigate and understand the puzzling intricacies of architectural education where magic, mystery, and potentiality lie.' - Julio Bermudez, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Architecture and Planning, The Catholic University of America, USA

'Developing Your Design Process unveils the creative process of design through a series of questions that interrogates ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ they have successfully achieved. The authors' concise and well-informed style, accompanied by inspiring images, will greatly assist in enlightening the otherwise mysterious design process.' - Dr Peter Magyar, Professor of Architecture, Kansas State University, USA