Imagining in the spatial design process

McAuliffe, Marisha Berenice (2013) Imagining in the spatial design process. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This thesis aims to expand our understanding of imagining in the spatial design disciplines of architecture and interior design.

More than three decades after Lawson’s statement, the matter of “what goes on in a designer’s head”, or imagining and mental problem solving remains just as mysterious and just as pertinent, possibly more so given the social and environmental challenges facing humankind. The lines on a page, the small perspective sketches, the connection of lines and scrawled notes and other clues help us understand what may be going on in the mind of the architect or designer. However, how designers know that space intimately before it is built is not greatly understood and articulated – even by designers themselves.

There is a gap in the market in terms of informed exploration of the thinking that occurs during the design process, and how this is translated into physical outcomes. In other words, what do we see in our mind’s eye during the design process? This thesis explores design thinking and design process; what we ‘see’ when we draw, what we ‘see’ when we design.

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ID Code: 63625
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Franz, Jill & Adkins, Barbara
Keywords: design, design process, design research, imagining, presence, presence research, interior design, architecture, spatial design
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 22 Oct 2013 02:57
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 03:02

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