The construction design manager: a rapidly evolving innovation

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Almost unknown at the turn of the twenty-first century, the construction design manager role is an innovation that has been adopted rapidly by the large to medium sized contracting organisations in the UK. Despite this, literature relating specifically to the construction design manager is sparse. Thus, the aim of the research was to better understand the role of design managers. A longitudinal study captured insights from early career design managers and experienced design managers working for contracting organisations, primarily on design and build type contracts. Following a pilot study, 36 face-to-face interviews were conducted over a six-year period. Findings revealed original views, new insights and trends related to the evolving role of the construction design manager in a digital environment. These views both support and extend understanding as reported in two guides for design managers published towards the end of the research programme. This is a unique insight into how a new role in construction has evolved over a six-year period.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-148
Number of pages11
JournalArchitectural Engineering and Design Management
Issue number2
Early online date22 Jan 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Construction design manager
  • Design management
  • Education
  • Information Management


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