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Demystifying Architectural Research

Adding Value to Your Practice, 1st Edition

By Flora Samuel, Anne Dye

RIBA Publishing

144 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Authors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Professional Practice
ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / General