Media Usage: Observations from an Experimental Study of Computer-Mediated Collaborative Design Conference Paper uri icon


  • Empirical studies can help characterize media usage in Internet-based collaborative environments and how they support architectural design. The information gained can lead to development of better tools, improved business practices, innovative educational approaches, and more effective design instruction. A rigorous controlled experiment has revealed hard evidence of how people use a collaborative environment to support architectural design. Teams of students undertook a short architectural design problem using a commercially available collaboration support software package. We observed that users employed shared drawing channels and audio channels more than text-based channels or video channels. Participants worked concurrently to a greater extent than was expected. A shared whiteboard tool was particularly useful in design analysis and coordination, while shared CAD environments supported synthesis and evaluation. 2004 ASCE.

name of conference

  • Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (2000)

published proceedings

  • Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (2000)

author list (cited authors)

  • Al-Qawasmi, J., & Clayton, M. J.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Al-Qawasmi, Jamal||Clayton, Mark J

publication date

  • January 2000