Architects’ Perception and Required Competencies for the Implementation of Design for Safety (DfS)

Wonkyoung Seo, Yu Na Cha, Youngcheol Kang

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The study aims to investigate the architects' perception of Design for Safety (DfS) following the implementation of the Serious Accident Punishment Act and analyze the competencies required for them to effectively implement DfS. The construction industry has witnessed an increasing demand for safety management since the enforcement of this Act. By considering the safety of construction workers right from the design phase, accidents can be effectively prevented. However, the current knowledge lakcs an understanding of how architects’ perception of DfS changes after the Act and what specific competencies they need to possess for its successful implementation. To address this gap, this study identifies the necessary competencies through the DfS work manual provided by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. It surveys architects to gauge their perception of these competencies and assesses the perceived difficulty level associated with each one. The findings of this study will contribute to the development of strategies that enable architects to effectively adopt DfS and fulfill the competencies required its implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-263
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the Architectural Institute of Korea
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2023


  • Accident Prevention
  • Architect
  • Design for Safety
  • Safety Design
  • Safety Management
  • Serious Accidents Punishment Act


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