Colourful practice: is design education informing architects’ use of colour?

Tucker, Richard and Motamed, Bahareh 2017, Colourful practice: is design education informing architects’ use of colour?, International journal of technology and design education, pp. 1-17, doi: 10.1007/s10798-017-9426-z.

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Title Colourful practice: is design education informing architects’ use of colour?
Author(s) Tucker, RichardORCID iD for Tucker, Richard
Motamed, Bahareh
Journal name International journal of technology and design education
Start page 1
End page 17
Total pages 17
Publisher Springer
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2017-09-14
Keyword(s) architectural design
design education
colour use
colour knowledge
design decision-making
Summary This paper sets out to consider the relationship between design education, architects’ colour knowledge, colour orientations and colour use in design practice. Specifically, a survey of 274 architects, architectural academics and postgraduates in Australia and Iran addressed the questions—is design education informing colour knowledge, and does colour education and knowledge inform an architect’s colour use in their designs? The findings suggest colour use in architecture has two chief influences: (1) Colour Orientation (architects’ general attitudes and prejudices towards colour use); and (2) Contextual Variables (the cultural and physical context of designs). The study shows that while the amount of colour education that architects receive has little role in informing their colourfulness orientations (i.e., how colourful they believe architecture in general should be), the greater an architect’s colour knowledge the more colourful their designs will be. The study suggests that the colourfulness of contemporary buildings is likely influenced more by levels of architects’ theoretical colour knowledge and by their personal preferences rather than by contextual influences such as the cultural and physical context of a design, the building function, or client directives.
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Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10798-017-9426-z
Field of Research 1203 Design Practice And Management
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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