Required Textbooks

Rechtin, E., and M. W. Maier. The Art of Systems Architecting. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2000. ISBN: 9780849304408.

Ulrich, K. T., and S. D. Eppinger. Product Design and Development. 2nd ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Inc, 2000. ISBN: 9780072296471.

This page lists the assigned readings for each class session, followed by a list of additional references.

Assigned Readings

The table below provides information on the course's lecture (L) and workshop sessions.

L1 Definitions Technology search Architecture, form House, bridge, camera, instruction, SW, amp, whistle  
L2 Definition closure Reference PDP Function Whistle, SW Op amp

PDD, chapter 2

SA, chapters 1 and 2

Workshop Creativity workshop       Creativity Workshop Readings
L3 Complexity Synthesis PDP

Architecture, concept

Whistle, SW, skateboard, services, network, refrigerator

SA, chapter 3

PDP, chapter 6

L4 Ambiguity Closure PDP, downstream Timing, operator, cost Skateboard, services, network, refrigerator SA, chapter 8
L5 Ambiguity (cont.) Upstream Needs, goals Skateboard, services, network, refrigerator PDD, chapter 4
L6 Summary Role of the architect Value, style, platforms SDM PDD, chapter 9


Creativity Workshop Readings

Recommended Books

de Bono, Edward. Lateral Thinking: Creativity Step By Step. New York, NY: Harper, 1973. ISBN: 9780060903251.

Buzan, Tony. The Mind Map Book: How to Use Radiant Thinking to Maximize your Brain's Untapped Potential. New York, NY: Penguin, 1996. ISBN: 9780452273221.

Gelb, M. J. How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day. New York, NY: Dell Publishing, 2000. ISBN: 9780440508274.

Kelly, T., and J. Littman. The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America's Leading Design Firm. New York, NY: Doubleday, 2001. ISBN: 9780385499842.

Siller, T. Think Like a Genius: Use your Creativity in Ways that will Enrich your Life. New York, NY: Bantam, 1999. ISBN: 9780553379280.

Thorpe, S. How to Think Like Einstein: Simple Ways to Break the Rules and Discover Your Hidden Genius. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, Inc, 2000. ISBN: 9781570715853.

Vance, M., and D. Deacon. Think Out of the Box. Franklin Lakes, NJ: Career Press Inc, 1995. ISBN: 9781564141866.

Recommended Papers

Akin, O., and C. Akin. "On the Process of Creativity in Puzzles, Inventions, and Designs." Automation in Construction 7, no. 2–3 (1998): 123–38.

Verbitsky, M. "Semantic TRIZ." (This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.PDF - 2.3 MB)

Lerner, Leonid. "Genrich Altshuller: Father of TRIZ." (This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.PDF)


Altier, W. J. "A Process for Creativity."

Breneman, J. A. J. "Exploring Women's Creativity."

Mind Tools. "DO IT - A Simple Creativity Process."

Additional References

ESD Architecture Committee, D. L. Whitney - chair. "The Influence of Architecture in Engineering Systems." MIT Engineering Systems Monograph, March 31, 2004. (PDF)

Shishko, R. NASA Systems Engineering Handbook. NASA SP-6105. Darby, PA: Diane Pub Co, June 1995. ISBN: 9780788132957.

Rechtin, E. Systems Architecting: Creating and Building Complex Systems. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1991. ISBN: 9780138803452.

Oliver, D. W., T. P. Kelliher, and J. G. Keegan, Jr. Engineering Complex Systems with Models and Objects. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 1997. ISBN: 9780070481886.

Suh, N. P. The Principles of Design. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1990. ISBN: 9780195043457.

Leveson. Safeware: System Saftey and Computers. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1995. ISBN: 9780201119725.

Shaw. Software Architecture: Perspectives on an Emerging Discpline. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1996. ISBN: 9780131829572.

Pahl, G. and Beitz, W. Engineering Design. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag, 1999. ISBN: 9783540199175.

Alexander, C. Notes on the Synthesis of Form. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press 1964. ISBN: 9780674627512

Gabriel, Richard. Patterns of Software: Tales from the Software Community. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1996. ISBN: 9780195121230.

Murman, Earll, et al. Lean Enterprise Value. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002. ISBN: 9780333976975.

Dori, Dov. Object-Process Methodology. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag, 2002. ISBN: 9783540654711.