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PhD Defence: Julia Schlegel (Architecture) / The Gap between Design and Vision

The evolving character of architectural practice, the changing media used for its production and dissemination and the resulting challenges in organizational and creative processes in architecture are the starting point for this research project. The dissertation discusses the role of high-end visualization in architectural competitions, with a focus on the involvement of visualization specialists and the connected cooperation process between them and the designing architects. The research on these issues places the developments in recent years of digital media and in particular of visualizations within the wider context of architectural practice. Employing different methods, four main gaps within practice as well as between practice and the public are located. These gaps help describe the dynamic of the situation and suggest a direction for improvement. The dissertation illustrates an aspect of increasing specialization in architecture and its effect on creative and organizational processes. It further discusses the meaning of ever more advanced production and dissemination techniques for the representation of architecture and its communication with people within as well as outside the architectural process. Results of the research indicate an ongoing distancing of architectural practice from visualizations as tools for design as well as communication. It further gives suggestions on how to respond to the new challenges due to this ongoing specialization.
 
Julia Dorothea Schlegel (1984) holds a degree as a Diplom-Ingenieur from Germany and has worked in different countries in architecture as well as in visualization. Schlegel is interested in the organizational and communicational aspects of architectural practice as well as the changing dynamics of the architectural profession and its position in and connection to society. How we cooperate to design and create architecture and how we communicate and interact with the people we design for is an ongoing topic of her research.
 
Supervisors: 
Professor Michael Hensel, AHO and Associate Professor Martina Keitsch, NTNU
 
Examination committee:
Professor David Leatherbarrow, First Opponent
Professor Örjan Wikforss, Second Opponent
Professor Halina Dunin-Woyseth, Third Member and Coordinator
 
Head of ceremony:
Professor Marius Nygaard, AHO