Strategic Design: Implications for Wider Practice

  • Jordan J. LloydEmail author
Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)


Strategic Design is characterised by a deep understanding of the complexities of a particular agenda and pursues a research and expertise-led approach to developing clear strategic intent, imaginative vision, and a variety of ways to achieve solutions. It involves designing better decision-making, a chief proponent of strategic thinking. It has significant value in helping policymakers make decisions where eighty percent of the environmental impact of products and services at the design stage. Architecture graduates and practitioners trained in Strategic Design are effective stewards of the entire authorship process because they can deliver tangible and qualitative outcomes that positively contribute towards managing large-scale transitions. In this chapter, Strategic Design is framed within the broader context of contemporary design education discourse that proposes that architectural education in the United Kingdom may benefit greatly from conscientiously preparing its graduates in fields other than the built environment . Using Finland’s Helsinki Design Labs studio model as a foundation, the implications for Strategic Design’s role in the wider field of urban development has significant implications for re-defining the role of designers and architects in practice.


Education Resilience Adaption Strategy Design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of ArchitectureUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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