Date of Award

Spring 6-18-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Project Management

First Advisor

Thomas Sheives

Abstract

The present study aims to identify best practices for project management, which can reinforce creativity in architectural design projects. Although creativity is a critical component of any successful design process, there is no existing literature or systematic documentation of what project management can do to cultivate it within an architecture work environment. Therefore, this research first explores existing theories and bibliography to define creativity and its conducive factors, and draw some hypotheses on the potential contributions of an architectural project manager. The validity of these hypotheses in practice is then tested through a survey, which mostly confirmed and expanded them. The combined findings, from primary and secondary research, highlighted the roles played by the project manager’s leadership approach, the project team characteristics, the team members’ motivation, the workflow structure, and the creativity-relevant processes. These contributed to a partial framework of recommendations and suggested practices, which help walk a fine line between project constraints and new ideas in architectural design projects.

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