Realtime & Development - modes of knowing design computation in architectural practice
Licentiatavhandling, 2017

This thesis examines theoretical, methodological and organisational implications of design computation for architectural practice - from an insider perspective. It also proposes a conceptual model for knowing within this practice, in an approach that interrelates theory and actionable knowledge. Dsearch is a research & development network focused on the introduction of design computation at White arkitekter, a large Scandinavian architectural firm with over 900 employees. The research studies Dsearch from an insider perspective, providing a description and discussion of an organisational entity involved in the paradigmatic shift towards computationally augmented design thinking - design computation - in architectural practice. This entails the introduction of new tools, methods and competencies. This thesis contributes to the knowledge in architectural design computation practice, conceptualising documented methodology so as to establish a deeper theoretical understanding. Reciprocally it provides the wider field of design theory with insights into the problems and methods that occur in design computation in architectural practice. It also proposes a conceptual model for how to attain and share knowledge in an architectural practice augmented by design computation. This model articulates Realtime and Development as two approaches to time that are distinguished by design computation. The model builds on practical experience intertwined with notions from cognitive science, philosophy of the mind, design methodology, action research, and management- and learning-theory.

Design Methodology

Architectural Practice

Design Theory

Action Research

Computational Design

Design Computation

Design Systems

Project Workflow Management

Rum SB-K582, Sven Hultins gata 6, Göteborg
Opponent: Professor Alexander Styhre, Göteborgs universitet, Sweden


Frans Magnusson

Chalmers, Arkitektur, Arkitekturens teori och metod

Harnessing the Informal Processes around the Computational Design Model

Modelling Behaviour: Design Modelling Symposium 2015,; (2015)p. 329-339

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Design System Assemblages - the continuous curation of Design Computation Processes in Architectural Practice

Professional Practices in the Built Environment,; (2017)p. 193-204

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Morphology & Development - knowledge management in architectural design computation practice

Proceedings of the 35th eCAADe Conference,; Vol. 2(2017)p. 683-690

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Rum SB-K582, Sven Hultins gata 6, Göteborg

Opponent: Professor Alexander Styhre, Göteborgs universitet, Sweden

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