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Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (IDBE)

Part-time Master's and Postgraduate Certificate courses from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

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Design is an activity that plays a fundamental part in the creation of the built environment. It is important to advance understanding of the ways that designers with different disciplinary expertise are able to work together, collaboratively in teams and the study of how design is organised in practice continues to be examined through research. A motivation in these studies is not only to improve design processes but also the designed product. To do this, it is critical to understand how people become involved in inclusive and co-design processes, and how design teams work together.

Expertise and IDBE interests in this area include:

Selected publications:

  • Luck, R. (2014). "Seeing architecture in action: designing, evoking and depicting space and form in embodied interaction." International journal of design creativity and innovation.
  • Luck, R. (2013). "Articulating (mis)understanding: negotiation across design discipline interfaces at a design team meeting." AIEDAM Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design Analysis and Manufacturing no. 27 (2):155-166.
  • Platts, MJ (2010). "The Cambridge Manufacturing Leaders’ Programme". International Journal of Industrial Engineering and Management, 1, (2), 41-46.
  • Luck, R. (2007). “Learning to talk to users in participatory design situations”. Design Studies, 28(3), 217-242.
  • Macmillan, S. (2006). "Added value of good design." Building Research and Information 34(3): 257-271.
  • Luck, R. (2003). “Dialogue in participatory design”. Design Studies, 24(6), 523-535.
  • Platts, MJ (2003). “Developing competence and trust: maintaining the heart of a profession”. Professional Ethics, 11. pp. 3-18. ISSN 1063-6579
  • MacMillan, S., Steele, J., Kirby, P., Spence, R., & Austin, S. (2002). “Mapping the design process during the conceptual phase of building projects”. Engineering construction and architectural management, 9(3), 174-180.
  • Austin, S., Steele, J., Macmillan, S., Kirby, P., & Spence, R. (2001). “Mapping the conceptual design activity of interdisciplinary teams”. Design studies, 22(3), 211-232.
  • Luck, R., H. Haenlein, and K. Bright (2001). "Project briefing for an inclusive, universal design process." In The Universal Design Handbook, edited by W. Preiser and E. Ostroff, 44.1-44.9. McGraw- Hill.

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