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Ahuja, R, Jain, M, Sawhney, A and Arif, M (2016) Adoption of BIM by architectural firms in India: technology–organization–environment perspective. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 12(04), 311–30.

Blanco, J (2016) Beyond the checklist: an approach to understand practitioner experience during sustainable design process. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 12(04), 266–78.

Edirisinghe, R, Stranieri, A and Blismas, N (2016) Information visualisation for the wicked problem of safe construction design. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 12(04), 296–310.

Emmitt, S (2016) Editorial. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 12(04), 251–2.

Heylighen, A, Schijlen, J, Van der Linden, V, Meulenijzer, D and Vermeersch, P (2016) Socially innovating architectural design practice by mobilising disability experience. An exploratory study. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 12(04), 253–65.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Architectural design; consultancy; disability; inclusive design; social innovation;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 1745-2007
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/17452007.2016.1172197
  • Abstract:
    Well-considered building codes turn out to be insufficient to ensure inclusive building design, suggesting a need for change in how building accessibility is addressed in architectural design practice. This article presents Rent-a-Spatialist, an attempt at socially innovating architectural design practice based on the skills of disabled people. Due to their particular interaction with the built environment, disabled people are able to appreciate spatial qualities architects may not be attuned to, which would contribute to a more inclusive built environment. Because this ability is rarely used in architectural design practice, and disabled people have a vulnerable position on the job market, we explored the potential of mobilising disability experience as a consultancy service to inform architectural design practice, which connects improving material conditions with improving social relations. To this end we probed the interest in such a service by interviewing 34 built environment professionals involved in building design and construction or exploitation in Belgium or the Netherlands. In addition, seven disabled people and 12 HR experts specialised in workforce diversity were interviewed about the potential of the envisaged service. Findings suggest that the service could strengthen disabled people's position on the job market by enabling them to gain work experience. However, efforts are needed to convince built environment professionals of its added value, and to clarify issues related to disabled people's employee status.

Zapata-Lancaster, G and Tweed, C (2016) Tools for low-energy building design: an exploratory study of the design process in action. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 12(04), 279–95.