Document Type


Date of Award

Summer 8-31-1989

Degree Name

Master of Science in Architectural Studies - (M.S.A.S.)


School of Architecture

First Advisor

David L. Hawk

Second Advisor

James M. McGlumphy

Third Advisor

K. L. Wei


Computer-aided architectural design is technically and commercially feasible yet experience in the architectural profession to date is paradoxical. Many who apply computers to architecture appear satisfied but the tangible benefits are seldom obvious and even where computers are used in firms it is not done to the fullest potential. Contents of this thesis are an attempt to help architecture better utilize the advantages of computer applications.To do this it is important to examine two question: what is design and what is the computer? They are similar yet distinct. Architectural design is a special kind of problem solving process; an information processing task. Design is the organization and processing of information. Computers are electronic devices capable of storing data in an internal memory, as well as storing sets of instructions (known as programs) that operate upon data. The minds behind design accomplish similar ends with different means.

The difficulty of designers solving problems is proportional to the volume of data to be handled and the quantity of interconnected relationships between functions. Various types of computers and soft-wares are available to help handle large volumes of signs and data, and help operate them according to instructions. The output of processing may be in written or graphic form and is meant to assist us in analyzing complicated problems and making decisions. It can even lead to new forms of analysis and planning.

Computerization of production-information procedures such as computer selection and combination of standard details, computer produced schedules and drawings, and computer aided information retrieval, should drastically reduce the amount of effort needed in the process. New patterns of organization of the design process must then inevitably arise from such drastic changes.

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Architecture Commons



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