What Do Design Reviewers Really Do? Understanding Roles Played by Design Reviewers in Daily Practice

  • Joongsub Kim

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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    Pages 1-6
  3. Joongsub Kim
    Pages 23-37
  4. Joongsub Kim
    Pages 95-121
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 167-190

About this book


This book provides an original contribution to the planning and design literature. Not only does it provide a fresh and finely grained examination of the daily challenges and opportunities of design review practice, but it does so in an ethnographically compelling way—through extensive references that convey and show what a distanced researcher could never adequately summarize and paraphrase. Architects, urban designers, and developers will learn about how they might work with design reviewers on the basis of the four significant roles that a design review staff plays frequently in the design review process. Faculty and students in architecture, urban design, and urban planning will learn about design governance, design regulations, design culture, participants, processes, and micropolitics in design and design reviews. There are possibly tens of thousands of design review boards in the United States that review proposals for building designs and site designs submitted by practitioners in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, urban planning, and urban development. Given this considerable professional context, the target audience of this book includes design reviewers, practitioners, scholars, educators, and students in the fields of architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, urban planning, and urban development.


Design Review Public Discourse Social Learning Facilitation Negotiation Dispute Resolution Collaborative Relationship Design Reviewers Public Imagination Practical Roles Design Guidelines Design Regulations Design Culture Micro-Politics Aesthetic Control Community Aesthetics Shared Comunity Values Community Appearance Contextuality

Authors and affiliations

  • Joongsub Kim
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Architecture and DesignLawrence Technological UniversitySouthfieldUSA

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