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‘Design as Research’ – the inaugural RIBA Research Symposium

The RIBA’s Research and Development department is holding its first Research Symposium, Design as Research, on 3 October 2005 at the RIBA.

The event will showcase the benefits of pioneering new models of research and design work that extend beyond traditional forms of practice and teaching. Presentations will focus on advanced geometries, construction and new materials, user simulations, facilities management and digital design systems.

The one-day event, convened by Brett Steele, the new Director of the Architectural Association School of Architecture, will feature presentations from Charles Walker, Arup AGU; Frank Duffy, DEGW; Alejandro Zaera-Polo and Farshid Moussavi, Foreign Office Architects ; Hugh Whitehead, Foster & Partners; Alan Penn, UCL Space Syntax; and Patrik Schumacher, Zaha Hadid Architects. Paul Finch, Editor of the Architectural Review, will chair a roundtable discussion at the end of the day.

During the symposium, RIBA President Jack Pringle will announce the launch of the RIBA Research Award.

Given annually, the award will alternate yearly between academic and practice-based research.

Speaking about the event, Jack Pringle, President of the RIBA commented: "I know very well how the beneficial effect of research works. The status of my own practice was transformed, in the specialised area we work in, by doing and widely publishing research.

“This first RIBA Research Symposium and the RIBA Research Awards, which we will launch, will raise the profile of architectural research and the awareness that practising professionals in the UK are creating intellectual capital responding to the needs of society, industry and clients.”

The symposium is the first of a new series of annual events to encourage and disseminate architectural research work, and to strengthen connections between practice and academic research. Each event will feature a prominent guest convenor and focus on a different theme aimed at a diverse audience of practitioners, academics and students, mostly from architecture but also from across the construction professions, research institutions and academia.

The programme follows:

9:45 Registration
10:15 Welcome and introduction: Jack Pringle. RIBA President, Pringle Brandon
10.30 Session 1: Facilities management and user simulation Frank Duffy, DEGW Alan Penn, UCL Space Syntax
11.30 Session 2: New construction and materials research Patrik Schumacher, Zaha Hadid Architects Hugh Whitehead, Foster & Partners
12.30 Questions - sessions 1 and 2
12.45 Lunch
14.00 Session 3: Advanced geometries and digital design systems Charles Walker, Arup AGU Alejandro Zaera-Polo/Farshid Moussavi, Foreign Office Architects
15.00 Questions Session 3
15.15 Coffee break
15.30 Session 4: Conclusions, recent history of design as research Brett Steele, Architectural Association
16.00 Roundtable discussion Paul Finch, Editor of Architectural Review, to comment and facilitate discussion
16.45 Conclusions and wrap up Jack Pringle

Ticket prices: RIBA members £65
RIBA student members £25
Non-members £85
Prices include VAT, and lunch will be provided.

To book a place, please visit and download a booking form, or contact Corinne Rose on 020 7307 3749 or [email protected]

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