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A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Science, Major: Architecture Under the Supervision of Professor Timothy Hemsath. Lincoln, Nebraska: August, 2016

Copyright (c) 2016 Jerry M. Hiler


Communication between designers and their client has always been an essential element in the design of buildings and interior spaces. This communication occurs in various different ways, but the key method of a designer communicating their space is through their drawings. Clients come from many different backgrounds and many may not have the training or experience that allows them to fully understand what they are seeing in the drawings being presented and as such can be considered non-experts. A majority of drawings are typically presented and developed in two-dimensions which can be confusing for non-experts to understand since they rarely experience a space in two-dimensions.

In establishing this research two main questions were developed to focus the study. Firstly, how do designers use drawings to communicate design intent and spatial elements? Secondly, how do non-experts interpret these drawings into perceiving a space that they can occupy? This research will assist designers with insight into how non-experts translate drawings in their minds to create a mental perception of a space. The research will also provide information on elements in drawings that communicate effectively in helping people perceive a space. Finally, the research will delve into if a particular style of drawing, two-dimensional, three-dimensional or a combination of both, communicates with higher accuracy the elements of design that assist people in perceiving a space. Understanding how drawings can effectively communicate design to assist non-experts in perceiving space is a critical part of a designer's role.

Advisor: Timothy Hemsath