How Architects use research: case studies from practice, by RIBA

Outline

For architects, research can be a difficult concept to pin down and define. But what is clear is that research can be the intellectual fuel for the engine of innovation and growth in architects’ practices.

To develop a research culture in practice there are some key questions that need answering:

  • What research knowledge do architects need and how do they use it?

  • How does research bring value to architects’ practices and their clients?

  • When do architects undertake research for themselves and how do they connect with academics and other research specialists?

This short publication uses case studies to inspire architects’ to recognise the research they already do, and to integrate research activity as part of their business models so they can reap the benefits of the knowledge available to them.

Recommended by:

Naomi Stead and Sandra Kaji O’Grady, Deans of Monash and QUT architecture schools respectively, in their Dossier on research in large practices, Architecture Australia, July/August 2018.

How architects use research - RIBA

How architects use research - RIBA

Architects and research-based knowledge: A literature review, February 2014

Executive Summary

Part of a series of RIBA publications on research – Architects and Research – this desktop study, undertaken for the RIBA by the Research Information Network, looks at published academic research on information practices in architecture and the built environment. The study is intended to help the RIBA to refine its strategy for communicating research, but is also a useful resource for practices who may be wanting to, for example, encourage the sharing of knowledge between their staff members. It demonstrates the importance of understanding research cultures across the built environment sector for those, such as the RIBA, seeking to encourage closer relationships between researchers across practice and academia, and more effective knowledge transfer.

Recommended by:

Naomi Stead and Sandra Kaji O’Grady, Deans of Monash and QUT architecture schools respectively, in their Dossier on research in large practices, Architecture Australia, July/August 2018