TRACKING SUSTAINABILITY IN THE DESIGN PROCESS
Authors: Hematabadi, Seyed Saleh Kalantari
Sustainable design concepts should be tracked in all stages of the design process in an architectural firm. This research will examine how the lean design approach can help in enhancing the efficiency of the design flow. This study aims to understand the design process pitfalls and provide a systematic recommendation in the design process for better integration of sustainability’s principles. The methodology of the study will be mixed method, which combines qualitative approach including focus groups and interviews, and quantitative technique including questionnaires. Two different experiences in a company will be analysed by a focus group to recognize current state of design process and to generate interview’s questions. The research will be continued by structured interviews with four international architecture companies. In the final phase, based on the results on the qualitative part, 100 surveys will be completed by design team members of the top twenty healthcare design companies. This research can help architecture professions to improve their design process based on the lean concepts. The results from this study will provide a practical checklist for designers and leaders of the architectural companies.