Integrated design

Integrated design is an approach to design which brings together design specialisms usually considered separately. For example:

Dis-integrated design

Three phenomena are associated with a lack of integrated design:[4]

A committee is sometimes a deliberate attempt to address disparate design, but design by committee is associated with silent design.

Methods for integrated design

The integrated design approach incorporates methods and tools to encourage and enable the specialists in the different areas to work together to produce an integrated design.[5] One such method is a charrette with all specialists present, early in the design process.[6]


  1. Moe, Kiel (2008). Integrated Design in Contemporary Architecture. Princeton Architectural Press. ISBN 1568987455.
  2. De Lit, Pierre; Delchambre, Alain (2011). Integrated Design of a Product Family and Its Assembly System. Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 1461504171.
  3. Chedmail, Patrick; et al., eds. (2013). Integrated Design and Manufacturing in Mechanical Engineering: Proceedings of the Third IDMME Conference Held in Montreal, Canada, May 2000. Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 9401599661.
  4. Stevens, John,; Moultrie, James; Crilly, Nathan (2009). "Design Dis-integration Silent, Partial, and Disparate Design" (PDF). In: Undisciplined! Design Research Society Conference 2008. Sheffield Hallam University.
  5. Tichkiewitch, Serge; Brissaud, Daniel, eds. (2013). Methods and Tools for Co-operative and Integrated Design. Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 9401722560.
  6. Todd, Joel Ann; Lindsey, Gail (2013). "Planning and Conducting Integrated Design (ID) Charrettes". Whole Building Design Guide. National Institute of Building Sciences.

See also

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