A Standardized Case Study Framework and Methodology to Identify "Best Practices"

Mar 27, 2013

A review of the literature reveals limited information on how to conduct a facility-based case study yielding useful information for architectural practice. In the wake of an "evidence-based design" movement, it is imperative for architects to think about case study research within a performance-based framework that links design decisions to measurable outcomes. Building on this premise, the objective of this paper is to argue for a standardized approach for case studies, present a framework and methodology providing guidance on how to conduct case studies, and conclude with an example. A six-step case study research process is presented including the purpose and activities for each step as well as possible deliverables. The authors claim that a standardized case study approach would allow for cross-case comparisons using a set of performance indicators. A desired end goal of case study research is to develop a facility database that could be used to inform the development of design guidelines, rules of thumb and "best practices."

Dina Battisto (Clemson University)
Deborah Franqui (Clemson University)
Proceedings of the 2013 ARCC Spring Research Conference
Presented at: 
The Visibility of Research
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Architectural Research Centers Consortium

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