Architects' use of intuition in site analysis: Information gathering in solution development

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This study explores site analysis, which involves designing a building in outline to test whether a particular site can accommodate a given proposal. During this process, information is gathered to develop and test solution conjectures. Designers' examination of solution-conjectures is underexplored. In addressing this issue, the study draws on dual-processing theory, where cognitive processes are divided into Type 1 and 2; the former being intuitive and efficient, and the latter effortful and slow. 21 interviews were conducted. The findings indicate that architects can avoid complex analysis by reframing difficult questions to reach solution-information-satisfaction. Confidence associated with narratives accompanying solution development prompted feelings of solution-satisfaction, leading to information neglect, major delays, and other problems.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101189
JournalDesign Studies
Early online date14 May 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2023


  • architectural design
  • design cognition
  • design practice
  • design thinking
  • dual processing theory


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