Research in the School of Architecture at the University of Reading is being developed in conjunction with the existing strengths of the School of Construction Management and Engineering (SCME), including its large cohort of PhD students. Given our facilities, research groups and subject specialisms, we are in a prime position to make the business case for a better built environment.
Together we are developing a series of shared research groupings in the fields of people, organisations and technologies, energy and environmental engineering and urban living. The proposed narrative for ‘organisations, people and technologies’ makes specific reference to professional design practice. ‘Energy and environmental engineering’ also refers to designing for sustainability, and ‘urban living’ refers to sustainable communities and health and wellbeing.
We believe that research will play an ever increasing role in the future development of architectural practice and that the ability to solve problems, in an ethical and rigorous manner is fundamental to being a professional. For this reason students will be encouraged to see design as a research process from the very beginning. They will be introduced to a wide range of research methodologies, tools for looking at the world, throughout the undergraduate degree. These will include a series of live projects: collaborative research developed with and in practice.
Staff at the School of Architecture are already playing a leading role in developing and supporting research and innovation in both the profession and education in the UK and beyond. We are active in facilitating research in practice through the delivery of Continuing Professional Development, practice based PhDs, collaborative research projects, knowledge transfer partnerships, and Design Review, and have conceptualised our new school as an urban room for the co-creation of Reading’s future. We welcome research proposals and enquiries that fall within this remit.
Supporting Research in Practice
Presentations from the Research and Practice Event that took place at the School in April 2016 with contributions from Professor Flora Samuel, Gillian Horne - Penoyre and Prasad, Mark Lumley - Architype, Robin Nicholson - Cullinan Associates, and Fredrik Nilsson - Chalmers University, Gothenburg Sweden.