Research Based Decision Making in Architectural Programming of Workplaces:
Case of Pamlico County Government Offices, North Carolina
Social, economical and technological developments in the recent decades, especially in the early days of the twenty-first century have consistently revealed the importance of knowledge as a base for decision-making processes. The ever-increasing dependence of productivity and competitiveness on knowledge in many fields has resulted in perception of knowledge as a commodity itself (Castells and Hall 1994). Consequently, the emphasis on knowledge generation has been identified by extensive research based applications in many fields and many societies. Within the field of architecture, knowledge generation and knowledge-based practices have started to be complementary to decision making and design processes especially in the last decades. The connotation of architecture with “art and design” has been accompanied by increased knowledge generation efforts, which has also brought architecture a connotation with “science”. The resultant forces have complemented the term “architecture as art” with another: “architecture as a knowledge-based tool” (Toker and Rifki 2001).