The involvement of the public in the decision-making process is essential, especially in the early stages of a design process.
This study aims to achieve the development of an architectural program for a memorial public project, using the
outcomes of the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) based on public opinion. It employs a novel approach that sharply
focuses on public involvement in the design process, using a quantitative methodology for the development of a suitable
building program and selecting a memorial form that meets the public’s needs in a practical way. The study drew
on data from various memorial projects to identify possible spaces and their selection criteria. A written questionnaire
was distributed to a sample of 105 members of the public, to narrow down the number of spaces according to public
response. Then, a hearing (spoken) questionnaire was conducted on a sample of 20 to produce the program for development
by generating the most strongly preferred form of memorial. The results contradicted the existing norm for a
memorial as a sculpture; it was revealed that most of the public preferred memorial landscapes to buildings and great
structures. The study concluded that AHP could be used to further involve the relevant stakeholders in the decisionmaking
process of the design of a public project.
Keywords: Analytical Hierarchy Process, Architectural Design Management, Decision-making, Public projects, United
Arab Emirates (UAE).
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