Best Fit for Common Purpose: A Multi-Stakeholder Design Optimization Methodology for Construction Management

D. Zhilyaev*, R. Binnekamp, A.R.M. Rogier Wolfert

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Within traditional design processes, decisions are often made based on individualistic values and late-stage assessments conducted on a predefined set of design alternatives potentially leading to suboptimal design decisions and conflicts. The issues are further amplified by the growing complexity of construction project management where an increasing number of stakeholders are involved. To address those issues, a shift is needed towards a collaborative early stage optimization-based design process. The current optimization-based design approaches are not appropriately integrating stakeholders and their preferences in the optimization process and thereby not reflecting the real-life design and construction process. In this study, we present a pioneering multi-stakeholder design methodology combining preference function modeling theory and a priori optimization enabling stakeholders to find the group-optimal design fairly representing their preferences. The application of the developed methodology is demonstrated on a real-life multi-storey building design case. The study provides a novel approach for managing design and construction projects for academic and industry stakeholders. It also sets the foundation for the further development of stakeholder-oriented optimization-based design.
Original languageEnglish
Article number527
Number of pages23
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • design and construction management
  • preference function modeling
  • multi-stakeholder decision-making
  • concurrent design optimization
  • multi-objective optimization
  • feasibility and desirability integration


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