Demystifying Architectural Research: Adding Value to Your Practice

Author(s): Flora Samuel

theory and history | RIBA

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. This book will inspire cutting edge and innovative architectural practice that can clearly demonstrate its impact and value to non-architect clients.

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Flora Samuel is an Architect and Professor of Architecture at the University of Sheffield and formerly Head of School. Her mission is supporting architectural practitioners in evidencing and communicating their value through research. She is leader of the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded 'Evidencing and Communicating the Value of Architects'. Her last project 'Home Improvements' - shortlisted for the 2014 RIBA President's Awards for Research - funded the production of the RIBA's Report on Housing Research in Practice, the RIBA Practice Research Guide, the RIBA/SCHOSA Guide to University Located Research as well as three practice collaborative projects with Urbed, Ash Sakula and Satellite Architects. Samuel is incoming Chair of the RIBA Research and Innovation Group and the European research network ARENA where her specialist area is Architecture Practice Research. She has also published five books on Le Corbusier, two of them shortlisted for RIBA Research Awards. She also works as a consultant in developing research in practice. 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.

Foreword Preface Introduction 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, Jane D Burnside Architects 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 Conclusion Useful resources Bibliography

General Fields

  • : 9781859465783
  • : RIBA Publishing
  • : RIBA Enterprises
  • : November 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Flora Samuel
  • : Paperback
  • : 144