Global Design and Local Materialization

Volume 369 of the series Communications in Computer and Information Science pp 13-22

Impact of Using Rule Algorithms on Designers’ Behavior in a Parametric Design Environment: Preliminary Result from a Pilot Study

  • Rongrong YuAffiliated withSchool of architecture and built environment, University of Newcastle
  • , John GeroAffiliated withKrasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason UniversityUniversity of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • , Ning GuAffiliated withSchool of architecture and built environment, University of Newcastle

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This paper presents preliminary results from a pilot protocol study of the cognitive behavior differences of designers in a parametric design environment and a traditional geometry modeling environment. The aim is to explore the impact of the rule algorithm feature in parametric design by comparing designers’ behavior in these two design environments. Three architects participated in the experiment in which each of them was required to complete two design sessions, one in each environment. The protocols are coded using the function-behavior-structure (FBS) coding scheme. Preliminary results show that the overall behavior is not significantly affected by the environment; however, there are significant differences at different design stages in the two design environments.


parametric design environment geometry modeling environment design cognition designer behavior protocol analysis