A scientific approach to architectural and architectonic research from the scope of just one discipline is no longer sufficient. With contemporary considerations such as behavior, health, and environmental protection, architects and students alike need holistic research methodologies that incorporate qualitative elements as well as more traditional quantitative ones. Research Methods and Techniques in Architecture examines research methodologies and tools applied in science and architectonic practice. Beginning with a thorough introduction to the main scientific, environmental, and architectural theories of the late twentieth century, the book guides the reader through the different aspects of architectural research design, building research teams, choosing applicable research methods, and representing research results.
Table of Contents
- The relation between science, theory of architecture, and practice
- The general image of science
- Basic notions applied in science
- Scientific research in architecture
- Research process designing
- Research methods applied in architecture
- Research techniques
- Practical activities connected with the realization of research
Elżbieta Danuta Niezabitowska is a retired professor associated with the Architectural Faculty at Silesian University of Technology, Poland. She has authored over 170 scientific papers. She supervised multiple research grants, including one international. She specializes in research methodology in architecture, especially inter- and transdisciplinary research.
"The book by Elżbieta Niezabitowska sums up valuable, long-term research devoted to the application of scientific methods in architecture. It is the first such work, contributing discourse of Polish theoreticians. As a comprehensive and structured approach, can be used by both: young enthusiasts of space shaping and mature researchers studying architectural problems."
Jan Słyk, PhD Architect, Professor at Warsaw University of Technology
"Research and Methods and Techniques in Architecture brings attention to the complexities of architecture and of the designing process. The variables of importance are bundled together. The research approaches and methods necessary to enhance the knowledge base of architects and all designers must be tailor-made to deal with those complexities. They cannot be simply borrowed from the sciences. Elżbieta Niezabitowska succinctly presents the reader with a forthright and rigorous description, explanation, and analysis of the utility of the techniques available for developing theory and enhancing professional practice in the design fields. Constructing research approaches and methods is a highly creative act; Niezabitowska’s book is a highly creative presentation of how best to fashion research from the array of techniques available and that may have to be formulated so that they are appropriate to the tasks that designers face."
Jon Lang, Emeritus Professor, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales.
"This overview of architectural research methods and the discussion of the complex and challenging relationship between architectural design, architectural research and science is both relevant in education, research and practice. Empirically tested theories, ex ante and ex post evaluations of designs and buildings, research by design and design studies are all necessary input to evidence based design and to provide the best possible fit with different interests and needs of clients, end users, and modern society."
Dr. Theo J.M. van der Voordt, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology.