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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?

Symposium Programme

Professor Susannah Hagan, Head of Research
School of Architecture

Strand  1
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  
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
Reflexive Research

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.