Experimenting with CAAD: as a means to solve conceptual design by architecture and architecture technology students.
Salman, Huda Shakir
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SALMAN, H., 2014. Experimenting with CAAD: as a means to solve conceptual design by architecture and architecture technology students. In: T. KOUIDER, ed. Architectural Technology, Towards Innovative Professional Practice : Conference Proceedings of the 5th International Congress of Architectural Technology, Aberdeen 2014 (ICAT2014) 7 November 2014. Aberdeen: Robert Gordon University. Pp. 266-281.
This study sought to characterise students’ design activity while designing with Computer Aided Design (CAAD) professional programs and its impact on the students’ design process. The design protocol participants were final year students (architectural design and architectural technology), who have spent at least four years in a school of architecture and were confident CAAD users. The analysis represents four CAAD-based protocols of final year students at a school of architecture. The analysed protocols varied in more than one aspect. This variation includes: (1) programs, (2) the mode of using programs whether single or multiple, (3) protocol segments (total number, duration and frequencies), and (4) design categories and total time spent in designing. In light of the study results, the participants demonstrated that, for the same design problem, restraining the conceptual design medium would not necessarily bind them to a certain design strategy. However, there are some disciplinary differences between AD and AT final year students, on how CAAD is used during to solve conceptual design.