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Demystifying Architectural Research: Adding value to your practice
Anne Dye and Flora Samuel
Publisher: RIBA Publishing
Date Published: Nov 2015
Stock Code: 83983
Total votes: 5
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.
James Soane, Project Orange & Director of Critical Practice at the London School of Architecture
This intelligent collection of essays demonstrate a new shared agenda for architecture; one that taps the potential for critical research to inform practice. It is both a call to arms and a primer for those wishing to engage in the practical, ethical and philosophical questions that face architects, students and clients today and tomorrow.
Tim Bailey RIBA - xsite architecture LLP
Dye and Samuels have put together an authoritative and incisive illustration of how adopting a research attitude in practice will help architects respond to changing practice models, create genuine differentiation for their services within the construction industry and help address the central concerns of architecture today – relevance to society and creating a sustainable future for the built environment.
Simon Foxell, The Architects Practice and the Edge
Research should be the lifeblood of any architect’s practice; finding out what will work, ensuring a healthy flow of feedback that will feed into future projects and, crucially, sharing new-found knowledge with co-professionals and others. Demystifying Architectural Research gives a wealth of examples and shows how well-constructed research is embedded into the way many of the best architects work. Read, wonder why on earth you aren’t doing it too and then start your own research project today.
Koen Steemers, Professor of Sustainable Design University of Cambridge
This Sheffield-RIBA led document provides a series of clear and accessible narratives that demonstrate perspectives and contributions related to research in practice. The work exemplifies how, by distilling existing academic research, it can inform design and, equally impressive, how practice can inspire new research and design opportunities. The writing is eminently lucid and accessible, and provides an invaluable bridge between academic and practice-based research – the first of its kind.
Richard Saxon CBE. Chairman of the Joint Contracts Tribunal
Architects can no longer rely on their aesthetic and communications skills to convince clients and other stakeholders of their ideas. Like other professionals, they need evidence of what works and what delivers relevant value. This book explains what that means and how to become evidence-based through research.
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