Outside Influence:
Analysing the process of precedent use in architectural design

Ten thousand word dissertation studying the use and process of precedent in architectural design. Examining the use and reuse of ideas and patterns and the relationship of precedent use to design expertise development.

Fundamental to the thesis is the concept that great design is about connecting ideas and creating solutions, rather than the often portrayed image of a lone inspired genius.

Building on this exploration, five spectra are developed to enable the analysis and understanding of the use of precedent and act as a platform for further study.