Last edited 26 Jan 2021


In the construction industry, the term ‘discipline’ typically refers to a specific branch of knowledge or practice, in particular, one that might be studied in higher education. Disciplines in the construction industry might include architecture, engineering, project management, construction management, facilities management and so on. For more information see: Consultant team.

A professional might be considered to be someone who has achieved a recognised level of understanding and experience in a particular discipline. Professions often overseen by professional bodies who may accredit educational establishments and qualified professionals. Professional bodies may set standards of ethics, performance, competence, insurance, training and so on that must be met to remain within the profession. For more information see: Profession.

The term ‘multi-disciplinary’ refers to an approach which creates a single team from a range of different disciplines or fields of expertise. A multi-disciplinary approach can tackle complex situations or problems by using the combined skills of different disciplines to develop holistic solutions. For more information see: Multi-disciplinary.

[edit] Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki

Designing Buildings Anywhere

Get the Firefox add-on to access 20,000 definitions direct from any website

Find out more Accept cookies and
don't show me this again