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Design Management has developed an increasingly important role within the construction industry since the development of new project acquisition methods from the 1990s onwards. These recognise the importance of the integration of the design and construction processes, the emergence of the project management profession as well as the more specialised role of architects and engineers. This industry role, to coordinate a team of people within a defined framework with agreed goals to achieve a desired design outcome, has evolved within various organisational settings such as architectural and engineering practices, project management consultancies and construction contracting companies. The organisation of the design effort to produce a set of deliverables that achieve the functional, financial and time requirements expected by the relevant key stakeholders is at the core of the design manager’s role. This subject will investigate these roles and responsibilities within the different organisational environments and throughout the project’s lifecycle. In addition, the unique stakeholder relationships and expectations of the design manager acting on behalf of the client, consultant or contractor will be explored and a design management plan developed for a contemporary commercial building project.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of the subject students should be able to:
- Understand the role of Design Management within Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) environments.
- Develop a knowledge of the expectations and responsibilities of Design Manager in different organisational environments.
- An ability to develop and prepare a Design Management Plan for a commercial building project.
Upon successful completion of this subject students will have had the opportunity to develop the following generic skills:
- Advanced analytical skills
- Research skills
- Communication skills
- Problem solving skills
- Team working skills.
Last updated: 24 January 2023