Design as Research
The inaugural RIBA Research Symposium was held on 3 October 2005, focusing on the topic of architectural design pursued as a form of creative research, in the context of architectural offices and academic collaborations in the UK.
The Symposium featured the work of contemporary architectural practitioners in the UK, engaged in inspiring research-oriented activities on topics that included simulation studies, new building systems and advanced geometries.
Transcripts of the presentations are available below.
Brett Steele, Architectural Association
Session 1: User research and simulation
Frank Duffy, DEGW: Practice, Research and Architectural Knowledge
Alan Penn, UCL Space Syntax: The Architecture of Adaptive Environments: synthesising the real and the digital
Session 2: New construction and materials research
Patrick Schumacher, Zaha Hadid Architects: Digital Design and Construction of Organic Form
High Whitehead, Foster & Partners: Materials, Performance and Geometry - the Designer as Toolbuilder
Session 3: Advanced geometies and digital design systems
Charles Walker, Arup AGU: A Research-based Model as an Alternative to the Design-based Model of Architectural Invention
Alejandro Zaero-Polo, Foreign Office Architects: Guerrilla Research
Session 4: Conclusions, recent history of design as research
Brett Steele, Architectural Association: Design(-ing) Research: Architectural Experimentation as Innovation - a modern genealogy of architectural innovation