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The Role of Working Memory in Architectural Design
1Dr. Nahedh Taha Alqimaqche

1University of Mosul, College of Engineering, Architectural  Engineering Department

Received: 03/01/2018, Accepted: 06/05/2018

Memory plays a significant role in decision making. Many researches in the field of Cognitive Psychology indicate that the limited capacity of working memory requires many mental activities to deflate this memory, and it is usually happening when there is large amount of knowledge which causes difficulty to work with. One of those activities that resort to the effectiveness of thought is Chunking which is the activity of isolating a chunk of data that have some characteristics like a theme or a specific cognitive style or a significant type for easy handling and dealing with it later.

Architectural design, like other mental activities, deals with a bulk of information, and requires speed in processing this information during the synthesis stage of design especially during the conceptual phase. Many researches that deal with architecture as decision making approach indicate that the productivity of mind is directly proportional to the ability of the designer in employing that process. This paper aims to expose the strategies of mental retrieval at design activity so that to distinguish between experts and novice in such processing, and to explore the characteristics of the elements that are exposed and what is the efficiency of those characteristics to diagnosis, and to take advantage of the findings in the overall architectural design by conducting a research experiment to detect that act. This was done by employing procedures provided by the Psychometric researches in this domain.


Working memory, Chunking, Mental Retrieval, Cognitive Strategy in Architectural Design.