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Design review in a client organisation: a reflective practitioner perspective

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Dhruv SookhooORCiD



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Design review is intended to improve the quality of the built environment by providing project teams with independent expert advice at key development stages. As the process becomes increasingly localised limited guidance exists that is directly relevant to local authorities, developing organisations and community groups implementing review as a self-initiated component of their development process.This paper critically explores a unique design review service situated within a large client-organisation operating in the housing sector. Founding the interdisciplinary practitioner panel was conceived as a means of creating a formative environment where project teams could access independent expertise and apply design processes to add value to residential developments. A reflective account from the perspective of the practitioner responsible for operating between the panel, project teams and senior stakeholders is presented to explore the impact of intersecting power dynamics on the formation, actions and efficacy of review as a collective design process.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Sookhoo D

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Industries of Architecture Relations, Process, Production: 11th AHRA International Conference

Year of Conference: 2014

Print publication date: 13/11/2014

Acceptance date: 06/10/2014

Date deposited: 09/06/2017

Publisher: Industries of Architecture