Developing an analytical model for the formation of a design scenario in research-based design processes in architecture

Document Type: Research Paper


Department of Architecture, Hakim Sabzevari University, Sabzevar, Iran


Although many attempts have been made in presenting systematic models for design processes, most projects have been implemented by non-systematic methods, which seems that too much emphasis on the description of the final project (product) and the lack of attention to the design process are to be blamed for this. In this paper, a specific pattern of design scenario formation in the framework of a research-oriented design process will be discussed. Therefore, the aim of this study is to develop a model that can be used in research-based design processes. In the present study, conceptual structures are extracted in the theoretical frameworks for each stage of the design scenario formation process by reviewing the literature of the subject, and then these conceptual structures are placed next to each other and presented in the form of a systematic process called research-oriented design process. The process presented in this paper is the result of the experience gained during 5 years of teaching an architectural design (2), which includes three milestones: 1) Design protocol 2) Subconcepts and 3) Design scenario. This scenario is precisely coordinated and aligned with the design protocol; it also reveals behaviors that require a design response, explains clearly the scenario of the details of the activities and the elements that make up the spaces. This makes the subject more transparent in the minds of designers and details of the design for each stage should be determined.