In this lecture, arranged by RIBA NE Research and Innovation Forum, Flora Samuel will make the business case for developing research in practice, illustrating the talk with a series of very contemporary models for collaborative research work between practice and universities, showing how it can lead to the development of new funding streams.
Flora Samuel is the first Vice President for Research at the RIBA and Professor of Architecture in the Built Environment at the new School of Architecture at the University of Reading. She was formerly Head of the Sheffield University School of Architecture.
She believes that research is key to the demonstration of architects’ value and has received over £500K from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to support the develop of research in practice. One outcome has been the development of the Research Practice Leads, a network of architects leading on research in some 22 practices.
Her book 'Why Architects Matter: Evidencing and Communicating the Value of Architects' will be published by Routledge in April.