School of Architecture Research Symposium: Out of Practice
5 March 2014 | 11am 4pm
Battersea, Gorvy Lecture Theatre
Many academics insist research is practice. Can practitioners make a counterclaim? Is practice research? If not, why not? With academics AND practitioners confounding the terms, is any useful distinction left between them?
Professor Susannah Hagan, Head of Research
School of Architecture
Strand 1 11:30–12:30
Research in Practice
Convenors: Rosa Ainley, Sue Barr, Kostas Grigoriadis
Mindful that the majority of RCA PhD students are doing research by project, this strand examines research done by architects to inform their particular architectural practices, and, just as important, their research by practice. Peter Beard, founder of Landroom, will discuss recent projects from the practice, and Mike Tonkin will talk about Tonkin Liu’s research into the structural technique they call shell lace.
Strand 2 1:30–2:30pm
Research and Agency
Convenors: Claudia Dutson, David Knight
This strand addresses the relation of academic research to architectural and construction practice, and whether this research can challenge the fundamentals of such practice. Our speaker, Dr Katie Lloyd-Thomas, University of Newcastle, is known for her ground-breaking work in this subject area, and the placing of women within it.
Strand 3 2:30–3:30pm
Convenors: John Zhang, Paolo Zaide
In this strand, architect Dr Deborah Saunt, director at DSDHA, will discuss her recently completed PhD, part of the RMIT Practice Research Programme. She will be discussing the role of the ‘PhD by Practice’ as a new model for architectural research, in which an analysis of the researcher’s own past practice is intended to inform their future intellectual and design agendas.