RCAT - Research Center for Architecture and Tectonics

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AID - ARCHITECTURAL INQUIRY DECODED


 RESEARCH LEADER @ AHO 

Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel


 PARTNERS 

Prof. Dr. Fredrik Nilsson, Department of Architecture and Urban Design, Chalmers Technical University, Gothenburg, Sweden;

OCEAN Design Research Association;


 STATUS 

Research commenced in 2010 - ongoing


 OUTLINE 

This project consists of three related thematic strands:

[i] The Changing Shape of Practice - mapping research in across the practices engaged in the making of thre built environment;

[ii] Modes and Modalities of Research-by-Design;

[iii] Integrating Architectural Education and Research;

World-wide many schools of architecture in universities use the same particular catchphrases to characterize their research efforts, which frequently include ‘research-by-design’ and ‘practice-oriented research’. However, routinely these labels remain without elaboration, as if their implications are self-evident and unchanging. This research project comprises of an extensive and sustained mapping effort to clarify the status of these labels for the research environment at AHO in general and the institute of architecture in particular. The mapping focuses on [i] approaches to research by design in architecture and related disciplines, [ii] research undertaken in practice (questions, approaches, resourcing, etc.), and [iii] extracting ways in which the integration of teaching and research can be pursued so as to be informed by, relevant for and also contribute to shaping research in practice. Given the current and unprecedented number of doctoral and post-doctoral research fellows in architecture and other creative disciplines this effort seeks to prepare the field for utilizing this considerable research resource. It stands to reason that the impact will be considerable.


 CSoP 

The mapping of research in practice is geared towards understanding how research shapes practice across its modes and modalities and the way in which practices in different locations and of different sizes, structures and interests invest themselves in terms of research in order to rethink, to reskill, to gain relevance and competitiveness. The insights gained indicate how research in academic environments may parallel the way of research in practice and also go beyond these by adding scope and critical reflection. Initially this thematic strand is pursued through a series of books focused on architecture and structural and environmental engineering, and related symposia, PhD-seminars, and exhibitions.


  PUBLICATIONS 

EDITED BOOKS

Hensel, M. ed. (2012). Design Innovation for the Built Environment - Research by Design and the Renovation of Practice. London: Routledge.

Hensel, M. and Nilsson, F. eds. (2016). The Changing Shape of Practice - Integrating Research and Design in Architecture Volume 1. London: Routledge.


BOOKS IN PRODUCTION

Hensel, M. and Nilsson, F. eds. (2017). The Changing Shape of Practice - Integrating Research and Design in Architecture Volume 2. London: Routledge.


BOOK CHAPTERS

Hensel, M. (2012). 'Performance-oriented Design as a Framework for Renovating Architectural Practice and Innovating Research by Design'. In: Hensel, M. Ed Design Innovation for the Built Environment - Research by Design and the Renovation of Practice. London: Routledge, pp. 121-143.

Hensel, M., Sunguroğlu Hensel, D. and Turko J. (2012). 'Research by Design in the Context of the OCEAN Design Research Association'. In: Hensel, M. Ed Design Innovation for the Built Environment - Research by Design and the Renovation of Practice. London: Routledge, pp. 91-106.

Hensel, M. and Nilsson, F. (2016) ‘Introduction: The Changing Shape of Practice’ In: Hensel, D. Hensel, M. and Nilsson, F. The Changing Shape of Practice - Integrating Research and Design in Architecture. London: Routledge.

Hensel, M. and Sunguroğlu Hensel, D. (2016) ‘The Future Practices of OCEAN’ In: Hensel, D. Hensel, M. and Nilsson, F. The Changing Shape of Practice - Integrating Research and Design in Architecture. London: Routledge.


PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES AND CONFERENCE PAPERS

Hensel, M. (2012). ‘Confronting the Crisis of Architectural Education’. Nordic Journal of Architecture 1 (2): pp. 85-89.


 SYMPOSIA 

CSoP 01 - The Changing Shape of Practice - Integrating Research and Design in Architectural Practice 2013 – Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, 20 September 2013. Speakers: Francis Aish [Foster + Partners], Billie Faircloth [Kieran Timberlake], Fredrik Nilsson & Marja Lundgren [White], Kaspar Guldager Jørgensen [3XN/GXN], Reinhard Kropf [Helen & Hard].

Collaborators: Chalmers University of Technology; Architecture in the Making Strong Research Environment; RCAT Research Centre for Architecture and Tectonics @ AHO; OCEAN Design Research Association, Swedish Association of Architects.

 

CSoP 02 - The Changing Shape of Practice - Integrating Research and Design in Architectural Practice 2016 – AHO Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway, 29 September 2016. Speakers: Billie Faircloth [Kieran Timberlake], Gregg Pasquarelli [SHoP Architects], Eli Synnevåg [Snøhetta], Reinhard Kropf, [Helen and Hard], Joakim Wiig Hoen and Bjørn Gunnar Staal, [void], and Jonas Runberger [White].

Collaborators: RCAT Research Centre for Architecture and Tectonics @ AHO; Chalmers University of Technology; OCEAN Design Research Association; DogA The Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture.

 

 EXHIBITIONS 

The Changing Shape of Practice - Integrating Research and Design in Architecture Exhibition @ Galleri AHO, Oslo, Norway. 29 September - 14 October 2016.


 INDUSTRIAL PHDs 

2012-15 Dr. Julia Schlegel Thesis Title: The Gap between Design and Vision - Investigating the impact of high-end visualisation in architectural practice. Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel (AHO), Prof. Dr. Martina Keitsch (NTNU), Kjetil Trædal Thorsen (Snøhetta), Eli Synnevåg (Snøhetta). >> 1st Industrial PhD in the Humanities in Norway