The changing customs of architectural design: The effects of building information modeling in a local context

Tan F., Paker Kahvecioğlu N.

A/Z ITU Journal of the Faculty of Architecture, vol.19, no.2, pp.371-385, 2022 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.5505/itujfa.2022.60370
  • Journal Name: A/Z ITU Journal of the Faculty of Architecture
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.371-385
  • Keywords: Building Information Modeling, Collaboration in design, Design knowledge, Design simulation, Performance in design
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


© 2022, Istanbul Teknik Universitesi, Faculty of Architecture. All rights reserved.The tools used in architectural design processes have always been effective in design activities. BIM methods, which are used as new technological tools and design modes by an increasing number of architectural firms today, have the potential to make a similar impact because they introduce a new logic Therefore, it is a critical issue to examine the change created by BIM in the design processes. In this context, this study examines the potential transformations that BIM can create in architectural design processes with a theoretical approach; It also explores the practical validity of theoretical assumptions. In line with these objectives, a three-pronged methodology was adopted in the study. First, the transformation created by BIM was conceptualized as a holistic digitalization in the field of architecture. Secondly, previous studies on BIM were examined, according to this, the possible effects of BIM on architectural design processes were gathered under three headings and the possible direction of the effects in these three areas was explained theoretically. Finally, the theoretical assumptions were reassessed through interviews with people actively working in the practical field. The inferences obtained at the end of these three stages are evaluated in the discussion section. In consequence, the paper attempts to reveal the transforming mechanism of architectural design practice under the influence of BIM as a new form of knowledge that enables the storage and management of design data. In this context, it aims to be a source for future studies on the orientations of architectural design practice and education.