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The Designer's Guide to Doing Research: Applying Knowledge to Inform Designby Sally Augustin
Synopses & Reviews
An essential introduction to applying research for busy architects and designers
The competitive design market and the need to create enduring value place high demands on architects and designers to expand their knowledge base to be able to digest and utilize multiple sources of information. Expected by their clients to be well versed on all aspects of a project, time-constrained architects and designers need quick responses in the face of daily challenges. As a result, these professionals must—more than ever—rely on, and apply, readily accessible information culled from sound research to gain a competitive advantage.
The Designer's Guide to Doing Research serves as an introductory guide on the general concepts and processes that define "good" research. Organized logically with the practical tools necessary to obtain research for all facets of the designer's workflow, this book offers:
Written for all practices and people concerned with the built environment, from architects and interior designers to facility managers, landscape architects, and urban planners, this book serves as an invaluable starting point for gathering and implementing research effectively.
Organized to follow the workflow of an architect or interior designer, this book introduces tools for busy practitioners to find and apply research for their design projects. Tools for planning, executing, and ultilizing research are presented in an easily followed format along with case studies, sources, and applications. While other books on design research are written by PhD-level researchers for an academic setting, this book offers an accessible format specifically for practitioners.
About the Author
Sally Augustin, PhD, is a practicing environmental psychologist, a principal at Design with Science, and the editor of Research Design Connections. She is regularly invited to speak at schools, research institutions, conferences, and on National Public Radio. Sally is the author of Place Advantage: Applied Psychology for Interior Architecture (Wiley). Learn more about using environmental psychology at Sally's websites, www.placecoach.com (for residential applications), www.designwithscience.com (for commercial applications), and www.researchdesignconnections.com.
Cindy Coleman is a design strategist with Gensler and the editor of the Interior Design Handbook of Professional Practice (published by Interior Design magazine and McGraw-Hill). She is an assistant professor in the Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a contributing editor to both Interior Design magazine and the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Chicago) journal, Chicago Architect.
Table of Contents
Foreword: Susan Szenasy, editor in chief, Metropolis Magazine.
Introduction. Before You Do Design Research.
Chapter One. Researching: Context, Process and General Concepts.
Chapter Two. What to Learn.
Chapter Three. Project Initiation.
Chapter Four. Project Investigation.
Chapter Five. Project Integration.
Chapter Six. Project Implementation.
Chapter Seven. Maintaining a Database and Research Findings.
Chapter Eight Conclusion.
Chapter Nine. Sources of Information.
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