Design Matters

The Organisation and Principles of Engineering Design

  • James Armstrong

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Pages 1-10
  3. Pages 11-24
  4. Sheri Besford, Harry Carlin-Smith, Peter Fitzgerald, Anthony Flint, Kelvin Hinson, Euan Nichol et al.
    Pages 31-143
  5. Pages 145-156
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 157-164

About this book


Design is the essential component of engineering. Design Matters demonstrates the need to understand the context, process and delivery of engineering projects and services by focusing on the nature and practice of engineering design. The book specifically highlights the cultural, economic, political and social parameters and illustrates the importance of their understanding as demonstrated by successful designers.

Unique to Design Matters are case studies that demonstrate the principles described in the book and the importance of using multidisciplinary teams to achieve effective design development. Contributions are included from key professionals involved in several high-profile and innovative civil and industrial engineering projects, including:

  • A Diagnostic Analyser, Northern Ireland
  • A Foot Prosthesis, UK
  • The Channel Tunnel Terminal, UK
  • The Channel Tunnel Rail Link, UK
  • The London Eye, London
  • The Lesotho Hydro-electric Project, Natal
  • An Australian Timber Arch Bridge, Melbourne
  • The Bahaii Temple, New Delhi, India
  • The Hampden Gurney Primary School, London
  • The Bridge Academy Secondary School, London
  • The Harris-Manchester College, Oxford
  • The Angel of the North, Gateshead, UK

Design Matters is an ideal text for graduate students in all branches of engineering looking to gain a practical introduction to the breadth and depth of the design process as well as to practicing engineers who wish to gain further insight into how design engineering works strategically.

James Armstrong is an internationally-known consulting engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a past president of the Institution of Structural Engineers. He was responsible for the design and planning of such world-class projects as the Channel Tunnel Terminal works, the Falkland Islands airport and the University of Surrey, UK. In academia he has taught as a visiting professor at universities in the UK, United States, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. He has travelled and lectured widely, in Russia, Romania, Brazil, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Hong Kong.


Design Practice SRUK design design process development engineering design

Authors and affiliations

  • James Armstrong
    • 1
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Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-1-84628-391-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-84628-722-0
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