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Organising design in the wild: locating multidisciplinarity as a way of working

Luck, Rachael (2015). Organising design in the wild: locating multidisciplinarity as a way of working. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 11(2) pp. 149–162.

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The workplace ecology for a multidisciplinary design team is studied to examine the ways that design is organised in the wild. Detailed is an ethnographic account of the events and practices that were seen in patterned and subtle ways to organise the design work for a project. Design events and activities were distributed in nested contexts throughout the office setting. The design work was seen to be planned, self-organised and coordinated through a series of practical actions and events that occurred in different locations. There was no single, identifiable event, interaction or communicative medium in which the coordination of the design work occurred. From these insights, multidisciplinarity is proposed as a way of organising design work that cuts across some design interfaces. This way of procuring design services is contingent on the appointment of a design firm with multi-disciplinary expertise, in an arrangement where the design work is undertaken collaboratively in a co-located setting with underpinning information systems.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1752-7589
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Coordination and communication in construction design team meetingsEP/H025421/1EPSRC
Keywords: design; coordination; design teams; organisation; communication; workplace; ethnography
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Design and Innovation
Item ID: 39329
Depositing User: Rachael Luck
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2014 10:38
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2019 05:22
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