Applying social network analysis to design process research, a case study

Williams, M, Burry, J and Rao, A 2014, 'Applying social network analysis to design process research, a case study', in Ning Gu, Shun Watanabe, Halil Erhan, Matthias Hank Haeusler, Weixin Huang, Ricardo Sosa (ed.) Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2014), Kyoto, Japan, 14-16 May 2014, pp. 481-490.


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Title Applying social network analysis to design process research, a case study
Author(s) Williams, M
Burry, J
Rao, A
Year 2014
Conference name CAADRIA 2014: Rethinking Comprehensive Design: Speculative Counterculture
Conference location Kyoto, Japan
Conference dates 14-16 May 2014
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2014)
Editor(s) Ning Gu, Shun Watanabe, Halil Erhan, Matthias Hank Haeusler, Weixin Huang, Ricardo Sosa
Publisher Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia
Place of publication Hong Kong, Asia
Start page 481
End page 490
Total pages 10
Abstract This paper presents a novel approach to analyse design project development demonstrated within a collaborative design case study. We present the limitations of the existing protocol-based design process analysis in analysing real design scenarios. Taking a complete set of regular meeting notes from a design project, the study translated the record of design discussions and decisions into a decision network. We then selected three Social Network Analysis (SNA) methods to apply to the network to analyse different aspects of the project development. Degree, betweenness and clustering focused on three different resolutions of the design process, offered quantitative ways to analysis and visualise the design decisions in both short term as well as over the whole design process.
Subjects Design Management and Studio and Professional Practice
Architecture Management
Applied Mathematics not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Social Network Analysis (SNA)
data visualisation
tool development
Copyright notice © 2014, The Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA), Hong Kong
ISBN 9789881902658
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