The impact of outsourcing and collaboration on the use of intuition and deliberation: A study of site analysis in the context of architectural design

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Abstract

This study utilises dual-processing theory to explore the impact of outsourcing and collaboration on the use of intuition and deliberation during site analysis. At site analysis stage, information is gathered, synthesised, and applied by architects to test the feasibility of proposed construction projects. Architects might collaborate with different internal or external players, or outsource information-gathering tasks. 21 semi-structured interviews were conducted with architects and architectural assistants. The findings show that while collaboration can prompt deliberation, it can also lead to the use of intuition when supported by collective confidence, in turn causing errors to be overlooked. Outsourcing facilitated efficiency and reduced complex reasoning associated with difficult problems, providing an appealing and sometimes problematic method of working. This study expands design thinking by exploring site analysis, a non-design activity essential to the design process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDTRS13 – 13th Design Thinking Research Symposium.
Subtitle of host publicationExpanding the Frontiers of Design: A Blessing or a Curse?
EditorsGabriela Goldschmidt, Ezri Tarazi
Place of PublicationHaifa, Israel
PublisherFaculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
Pages310-327
ISBN (Print)978-965-599-948-8
Publication statusPublished - 18 Mar 2022

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