1st Edition

Demystifying Architectural Research Adding Value to Your Practice

By Flora Samuel, Anne Dye Copyright 2019
    144 Pages
    by RIBA Publishing

    This practical, hands on introduction guides you through the basics of undertaking research in day-to-day architectural practice helping you to exploit the growing opportunities on offer. It explores how developing a research specialism can improve the quality of your projects, help to define your brand and generate new channels of revenue with innovative services for clients.

    The text is divided into four sections focussing on different types of Architecture Research Practice; commercial, cultural, social and technology. Each section includes a series of inspiring case studies written by practitioners themselves on the way in which research benefits their business as well as an essay by an expert which sets these projects in their methodological context. In this way the book highlights the broad spectrum of research being undertaken and the practical implications for the practice and their projects.

    This is designed for architects and practices who want to develop a clear specialism that adds brand value and will enable them to access new funding streams as well as students of architecture who are getting to grips with architectural research.

    Part 1: Social Architecture Research Practice  

    1. Visioning

    John Sampson, Urbed 

    2. Neighbourhood retrofitting

    Irena Bauman, Bauman Lyons  

    3. Co-design for new lifestyles

    Jane Burnside

    5. Collective Architecture

    Jude Barber, Collective Architecture  

    6. Specific Strategies in Practice

    Richard Cottrell, Cottrell and Vermeulen  

    7. Methods in social architecture research practice

    Julia Udall 

    Part 2: Technology  

    8. Angela Carter Close

    Anne Thorne, Cartwright Pickard  

    9. Information systems for sustainable design

    Merritt Bucholz, Bucholz McEvoy  

    10. Lime and Materials

    Ian Standen, Stride Treglown  

    11. Sustainable building materials for commercial projects

    Chris Halligan, Steven George and Partners  

    12. Sandal Magna School

    Sarah Wigglesworth, Architects  

    13. Methods progressing technology

    Fionn Stevenson 

    Part 3: Commercial practice  

    14. Procurement

    Walter Menteth, Walter Menteth Architects  

    15. Marketing architecture 

    Paul Iddon, Kernel Sympatico  

    16. Working as an expert witness 

    Gordon Gibb, Gibb Architects 

    17. Commercial methods 

    Peter Oborn and Anne Dye 

    Part 4: Cultural 

    18. Sculpture and architecture in the modern city

    Patrick Lynch, Lynch Architects  

    19. Performance and art

    Helen Stratford, Mole architects 

    20. Pop-up buildings in the city

    Tony Broomhead, Broomheads Homemade 

    21. Responding to the Welsh landscape at Stormy Castle 

    Dan Benham, Loyn & Co.  

    22. Neo-Vernacular Housing

    Gillian Horne, Penoyre and Prasad  

    23. Cultural methods 

    Steven Walker 


    Flora Samuel is an Architect and Professor of Architecture at the University of Sheffield and formerly Head of School.

    Anne Dye is Head of Technical Research at the RIBA, responsible for delivering the research agenda in alliance with the RIBA Research and Innovation Group. This includes the development, support and promotion of a range of strategic built-environment research projects both within the RIBA, in partnership with other organisations and within the wider research community, as well as providing advocacy for research to key stakeholders.