Comparative study of the variables in construction project briefing/architectural programming

Tit Wan Yu, Qiping Shen, John Kelly, Kirsty Hunter

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Briefing is the process by which client requirements are identified, clarified, and articulated in the early design stage of construction projects. It is crucial to the successful delivery of construction projects. Considerable research has been conducted in briefing during the past two decades. However, researchers consider many current briefing practices to be inadequate, and little research has been done in sufficient depth to explore briefing variables in the construction industry. This paper introduces a comprehensive framework of the variables that have an impact on construction project briefing. A questionnaire survey was conducted to validate these variables among project managers and architects in Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The results indicate that although no significant differences existed between the samples in the United Kingdom and the United States on the variables for construction project briefing, the views of the samples in Hong Kong deviated from the two Western countries. The Western professionals have more positive answers to most statements in the questionnaire. The findings have significant implications for industry practitioners in producing their guidelines for the briefing process and for writers in drafting how-to briefing guide for construction projects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-138
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Construction Engineering and Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jan 2008


  • Architecture
  • Best management practice
  • Comparative studies
  • Construction management
  • Project management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Industrial relations
  • Strategy and Management


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