Colourful language: researching architects' knowledge and use of colour

Motamed, Bahareh, Tucker, Richard and Grose, Margaret 2015, Colourful language: researching architects' knowledge and use of colour, in ASA2015: Living and learning: research for a better built environment : Proceedings of the 49th International conference of the Architectural Science Association, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 739-748.

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Title Colourful language: researching architects' knowledge and use of colour
Author(s) Motamed, Bahareh
Tucker, RichardORCID iD for Tucker, Richard orcid.org/0000-0001-9989-251X
Grose, Margaret
Conference name Architectural Science Association. International Conference (49th : 2015 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 2-4 Dec. 2015
Title of proceedings ASA2015: Living and learning: research for a better built environment : Proceedings of the 49th International conference of the Architectural Science Association
Editor(s) Crawford, R. H.
Stephan, A.
Publication date 2015
Start page 739
End page 748
Total pages 10
Publisher University of Melbourne
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) colour
colourscape
architectural education
Summary The development of architectural materials and technology is transforming the colour palettes and identities of cities by juxtaposing or replacing vernacular colours with global and often contextually meaningless colours. As Built Environment designers have significant roles in determining city colourscapes, it might be expected that th ese professionals have considerable knowledge. However, there is largely an absence of colour training in the majority of built environment degree programs. While colour has been studied in a broad range of disciplines, very few studies have focussed on architecture and even less on colour in architectural education. This paper reports on the early findings of research into what informs architect’s understanding and use of colour. Data was analysed from a survey of 33 practicing architects, academics and postgraduate students from Melbourne, Australia. The findings indicate that built environment designers see the need for increasing their colour knowledge. In line with previous studies, there was no evidence of correlations between gender and age, but findings suggest cultural differences in the level of colour education depending on country of architectural study. The wider research that this study is a part of ultimately aims to inform education around the use of colour in the built environment.
ISBN 9780992383527
Language eng
Field of Research 120101 Architectural Design
130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2015, University of Melbourne
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30080317

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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