If we’re to see a culture change within Architecture that de-prioritises ‘value management’ and ‘architecture as an object’, we need the data that says it’s actually economically and environmentally correct to design for the human rather than the wallet or ego.
There’s a few keystone discussions about UX that need to happen in the AEC industry. These keystone discussions address, in the context of architecture and architectural practice: research; communication; business strategy; community; legislation; clients; technology; and culture.
Tristan Morgan, National Design Technology Lead: Innovation at COX Architecture and Teaching Associate at the University of Western Australia, has first-hand insight into the AEC/UX problem in both practice and practicality. He answers a few of my questions to help frame the project.
A UX Design process is not a new method for designing, well, anything. Nor is stealing vocab and concepts from other industries, or even using those same principles for our built environment.
Everyone loves architecture right? Design communication is a mindset more than any skill or tool. And our tools include much more than words and diagrams.
Our creative work is now thoroughly multi-, inter-, and trans-disciplinary. The ‘generalist’ designer today is best placed for this next step in creating our built environment, as we spend our education and careers listening and searching without restrictions of specialisation. With adaptive process and communication tools, we are the future architects of environments in any reality.
Using the ‘User’
As designers and architects, we express ideas via various languages. When designing, ‘user’ is a term that’s always left me uncomfortable. Let’s change it.