MACMILLAN, S....et al., 2001. Development and verification of a generic framework for conceptual design. Design Studies, 22(1), pp. 169-191.
The rapid and dynamic information and knowledge transfer between designers during
the conceptual phase of building projects can result in disorganised behaviour within
the team. Team members can become frustrated by the lack of a common
understanding of the manner in which the design activity is being performed and the
direction in which the process is progressing. Evidence suggests that design teams are
better equipped to undertake design activity when in possession of a general
programme of events or activities through which they are likely to pass than when no
such structuring concept is held. This paper describes the development of a structured
framework, which has been generated to aid and support the interdisciplinary team in
undertaking conceptual design.