Most projects can be considered to be collaborative. Whether there is
a large design team working on the different aspects of the building,
there is also the client, stakeholders, engineers, surveyors,
contractors and many more people involved in the design. However,
the end user of the building is one of the important parts of the puzzle
that often is not directly involved in the design process.
Some architects are starting to take the approach that the end user is
the expert in the requirements of the building, and engaging in a
collaborative exercise that sees the end user contributing to the
design process. This is particularly popular with projects that have a
large community or social focus, where the skills and knowledge of the
building users can be included in the development of the project.
This approach is rarely possible in a student project, but worth
considering as an approach to design.