The RIBA helps to develop and apply the research-based knowledge of RIBA members, chartered practices and schools of architecture in order to promote links between practice and academia – and to position the RIBA as a trusted research facilitator for architecture and the related built environment professions.
The key work areas within research and innovation are:
To assist the RIBA to convene the RIBA’s annual research symposium.
To appoint and oversee the work of Research Grants Sub-Group (who award and oversee the grants made from the RIBA Research Trust) and the Judging Panel for the President’s Awards for Research.
To raise awareness amongst practitioners of the benefits, both intellectual and economic, of research in practice.
To support and promote architectural research – and a range of strategic research projects – within the RIBA, the architectural profession and architectural academia, concentrating on the primary research theme for 2014: 'Ageing and the Built Environment'. The primary research theme for 2015 will be 'Design Quality and Performance'.
To take part in discussions relating to RIBA Research and Innovation visit:
www.riba-knowledgecommnunities.com. Developed by the RIBA Reseach and Innovation Team the RIBA Knowledge Communities, are networks of architects, engineers, surveyors, architectural technologists and other built environment professionals engaging in specialist subjects across the construction industry.
The RIBA Research and Innovation Team are:
Head of Technical Research
Anne Dye is the Head of Technical Research at the Royal Institute of British Architects, and is responsible for delivering the RIBA’s research agenda. 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.
Before joining the RIBA she spent a decade undertaking quantitative and qualitative built-environment research, as part of multi-disciplinary teams, at the University of Cambridge and later at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. Her main research interests are housing quality, sustainable communities and design team/client dynamics. She has a background in science, and prior to concentrating on research was an engineer at Max Fordham LLP, undertaking a diverse range of projects. Anne joined the RIBA in 2011.
Research Projects Officer
Alex Tait is the Research Projects Officer and is responsible for building relationships across academia, practice, government and the various funding bodies in the field of architectural research. Before Joining the Research Team Alex managed the RIBA Expert Advisory Groups in areas such as sustainability, conservation , planning and the Government’s construction strategy. He has been responsible for delivering the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 and a variety of different practice based publications. He has a degree in Architecture, a Masters in Architectural History and has worked in architecture practices and for Salisbury Cathedral as their architectural archivist.
Practice Projects Assistant
Tara DeFabrizio is the Practice Projects Assistant at the RIBA. She is responsible for supporting the Head of Professional Communities and the Head of Technical Research in the delivery of the professional communities and research activities within the RIBA Practice Department. This includes duties associated with the work of expert member groups and research projects, and the delivery of professional events.
Prior to joining the RIBA in 2012, she worked at various historic houses and museums including Handel House, Burgh House and Benjamin Franklin House. Her background is in archaeology, and has worked on a variety of sites in Europe and Africa, as well as using her experience as a London tour guide and volunteer at Westminster Abbey.
RIBA Research and Innovation Group
The Research and Innovation Group reports to the RIBA Practice and Profession Committee and its primary responsibility is to help to inspire and steer the work of the RIBA Research Team, drawing on the knowledge and experience of practitioners, academics and researchers. The current members of the group are:
Murray Fraser, Chair, The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London
Patrick Bellew, Atelier Ten
Brian Ford, University of Nottingham
Sophie Handler, Manchester City Council
Alan Jones, Queens University Belfast
Peter Oborn, RIBA Vice President International
Neil Paterson, BRE Trust
Alan Pert, University of Melbourne
Flora Samuel, University of Sheffield
Elanor Warwick, Technology Strategy Board
Chris Watson, Building Research Establishment
Norman Wienand, CIAT
Michael Wigginton, University of Plymouth
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