Consulting Engineers and Architects riding on the climate mitigation wave, are currently experimenting with the concept of “Integrated Design Process” (IDP). This paper views “Integrated Design Process” along with other management or organisational concepts, seeing them as less of systematic knowledge and more of a symbolic device for enabling change. The paper acknowledges a number of international variants, but concentrates on three variants present in Denmark: an architect and engineering variant of IDP and an Integrated Design Organization. The differences between the concepts include perception of main actors, the role of information technology, the relation to lean, and forms of collaboration. Furthermore the focus of the variants differ (industry, organizational or project level).The paper discusses case studies of four teams of engineers and architects. It is argued that there exists (only) several ambiguous concepts of IDP, none well defined, and the architects and engineer struggle with the concepts even when directly involved. Precarious and negotiated consensus has to be created. The various players agree that an increased interdisciplinary interaction in the design team is necessary in order to comply with the increased complexity of sustainable building design. This tendency changes the traditional roles and responsibilities in the design process.
6th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation – Shaping the Construction/society Nexus, 2011, p. 329-240
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6th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation - Shaping the Construction/Society Nexus, 2011
Danish Building Research Institute, Aalborg University