My thesis project was the creation of a UX design specification for an interim Iraqi Parliament campus. At the time (2004) the US had created an interim government for Iraq, this thesis created a document of guiding design principles based on the UX of end users for an Iraqi designer to execute to make a temporary Parliament campus to help facilitate the creation of a permanent constitution.
End user: Iraqi political leaders, activists. UX document user: Iraqi architects and designers.
The overall project had four phases, the first three of which were UX, the last UI. The first phase of the process was the identification of the high-level sociopolitical issues in Iraq, our problem definition. The second phase identified which solutions to those sociopolitical issues had the greatest consensus. This research was done primarily through literature review, aided by some interviews. In the third phase I took the consensus sociopolitical solutions and projected them into each major programmatic function of the building to create a list of design considerations and principles for the execution of the final design. This third phase dove deeply into behavioral and environmental psychology as well as drawing on cultural norms to influence the conscious and subconscious perceptions of end users.
The fourth phase of the project was to create design examples that embodied the principles of the design specification. These designs were done with very tight iteration cycles and are more to communicate the concepts of the design specification than to propose a final campus design.