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Raisbeck P (2013) Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin' into the future: BIM, imaging and time on construction sights. In: Smith, S D and Ahiaga-Dagbui, D D (Eds.), Proceedings 29th Annual ARCOM Conference, 2-4 September 2013, Reading, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 1093–1102.

Raisbeck, P (2009) Considering design and ppp innovation: A review of design factors in PPP research. In: Dainty, A R J (Ed.), Proceedings 25th Annual ARCOM Conference, 7-9 September 2009, Nottingham, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 1, 239–47.

Raisbeck, P (2010) Investigating design as research: understanding R&D activities in Australian architectural practices. In: Egbu, C (Ed.), Proceedings 26th Annual ARCOM Conference, 6-8 September 2010, Leeds, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 1, 747–56.

Raisbeck, P (2019) Space Oddity: Spatial Design Strategies and Work Place Design . In: Gorse, C and Neilson, C J (Eds.), Proceedings 35th Annual ARCOM Conference, 2-4 September 2019, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 184- 193.

Raisbeck, P (2021) Taking the Pulse: Developing a Model of Resilience Capital for Architectural Firms. In: Scott, L and Neilson, C J (Eds.), Proceedings 37th Annual ARCOM Conference, 6-7 September 2021, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 127-136.

Raisbeck, P (2016) The Architect as Gleaner: Design Practice as Performance in the Architectural Office. In: Chan, P W and Neilson, C J (Eds.), Proceedings 32nd Annual ARCOM Conference, 5-7 September 2016, Manchester UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 771–780.

  • Type: Conference Proceedings
  • Keywords: Architecture, Design Practice, Digital Practice, Hybrid Practices, Ethnography, Gleaning.
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-9955463-0-1
  • URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/dd0d7b9ad7bed4203e6308bbf5c01082.pdf
  • Abstract:

    With the rise of digital software and BIM work practices the architect’s office is increasingly seen as a knowledge intensive digital workplace. Digital technologies are blurring the line between physical and virtual work practices both within and outside of the firm. Internally, physical and virtual workflows are now obviously interconnected. Externally, architects are now digitally connected to various stakeholders including clients, builders, consultants and sub-contractors. Yet, as a knowledge intensive digital workplace few studies have looked at the work practices that have emerged out of this situation.

    An ethnographic investigation of a small architectural firm is presented in order to ascertain to how digital software is used within the firm and how this forms a context for practice. Applied to digital-technical work practices ethnographic methods, compared to more positivist methods, enable countervailing insights to emerge in relation to digital practices.

    In this case, ethnographic methods of observation via site visits, video tours, and recorded interviews are utilised. It will be seen how digital practices within the firm can be described as a series of performances embodying a digital ecology for the production and distribution of design knowledge. The interconnection between physical design processes (such as sketching or model making) and digital design processes is described. The research identifies the complex interactions between digital tools in the practice and the shaping of design workflows.

    Emerging out of this it is argued that digital workflows and practices have became performance rituals within the firm. Taken together, this ensemble of rituals is used to re-theorise the prevailing model of the architects firm as a knowledge intensive professional service firm. Finally, the ethnographic methodology and methods employed in the study are evaluated in order to understand how such research methods might be applied to other design and construction contexts.

Raisbeck, P (2017) Tribes, Warlords And Transformers: An Institutional Logics Model Of The Architectural Profession . In: Chan, P W and Neilson, C J (Eds.), Proceedings 33rd Annual ARCOM Conference, 4-6 September 2017, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 471–480.

Raisbeck, P and Aibinu, A A (2010) Early stage cost estimation and the relationship of architects to quantity surveyors. In: Egbu, C (Ed.), Proceedings 26th Annual ARCOM Conference, 6-8 September 2010, Leeds, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 1, 53–61.

Raisbeck, P and Tang, L C M (2009) Humanistic and scientific knowledge management: a comparison of design practice between architects and engineers. In: Dainty, A R J (Ed.), Proceedings 25th Annual ARCOM Conference, 7-9 September 2009, Nottingham, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 2, 729–38.

Raisbeck, P, Millie, R and Maher, A (2010) Assessing integrated project delivery: a comparative analysis of IPD and alliance contracting procurement routes. In: Egbu, C (Ed.), Proceedings 26th Annual ARCOM Conference, 6-8 September 2010, Leeds, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 2, 1019–28.