This article explores an approach to design research in which the development of design technology plays a
key role. It presents the author’s Ph.D. research on the role of cases in architectural design. The research
aimed at investigating the applicability of Case-Based Design (CBD) to the domain of architecture. To this
end, the author adopted and confronted different stakeholder perspectives, one of which is that of CBD
technology developer. By consequence, a considerable part of the research covers the design,
implementation and evaluation of a CBD tool to support architects/designers.
The research did not have a strictly instrumental aim, but wanted to provide insights for the field of
architectural design on both a theoretical and a technological level. While the tool itself aimed at providing
architects with valuable design support, making the tool was used as a method to develop a better
understanding of current CBD technology. Moreover, the resulting tool turned out to be an effective means
to examine the role and impact of cases in architectural design.
Rather than reporting on the outcome of the research, the main objective of the article is to make a
methodological reflection on the possibilities and limitations of this approach.