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.



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.

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