- 200 color illustrations
- 208 pages
- 9¾ x 6⅞ ins
- ISBN 9781780677538
- Published January 2016
While fundamentally a design discipline, architectural education requires an element of history and theory, grouped under the term "research." However, many students struggle with this part of their course. This practical handbook provides the necessary grounding in this subject, addressing essential questions about what research in architecture can be.
The first part of the book is a general guide to the fundamentals of how to do research, from assembling a literature review to conducting an interview. The second section presents a selection of case studies dealing with such topics as environmental psychology, the politics of space, ethnographic research, and mapping.
The range of methods explored illustrates the variety of possible approaches, with authoritative guidance on how best to deploy a research framework.
- Very useful for students, practitioners and architectural researchers Review by Selma
Introduction: What is architectural research?
Part 1: Fundamentals of Architectural Research
Chapter 1: Defining your research question
Chapter 2: Defining your research methodology
Chapter 3: Building your literature review
Chapter 4: Cross-disciplinary working and collaboration
Chapter 5: Conducting and documenting fieldwork
Chapter 6: Conducting interviews and communication
Chapter 7: Writing up
Part 2: Practical Applications and Case Studies
Chapter 8: Material culture
Chapter 9: Environmental psychology
Chapter 10: Architectural histories
Chapter 11: The politics of space
Chapter 12: Philosophy, phenomenology and the experience of space
Chapter 13: Ethnographic research
Chapter 14: Drawing, diagrams and maps
Chapter 15: Conclusion: Theory and practice