Architecture as an Object of Research: Incorporating Ethical Questions in Design Thinking

  • Lara Schrijver
Part of the Urban and Landscape Perspectives book series (URBANLAND, volume 12)


This contribution presents architecture as a complex activity with no optimal design solution. Architecture and the built environment form a complex whole, consisting of many different elements serving various functions. This precludes the possibility of finding a single optimal solution. Thus, the problem of architectural design typically revolves around normative choices and a response to typically contradictory demands. By introducing descriptive ethics (what is appropriate to the built environment, which “moral beliefs” are embedded in it?) and normative ethics (how do we propose it is best to live or to address our environmental issues?), we can introduce a higher precision in design decisions.


Design Decision Architectural Design Moral Belief Professional Conduct Ethical Property 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of ArchitectureDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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