Architectural Practice and Academic Research

Michael A.R. Biggs, Daniela Büchler


This paper examines one possible relationship of academic research and professional practice. It
notes that this issue arises from particular national conditions that are not necessarily shared in
different countries. As a result, this relationship is not equally visible or similarly understood, and
hence models of research have national and even regional variations that threaten the transferability
of architectural research across national boundaries, in contrast to established models of research
from the sciences. The paper proposes a criterion-based response to this problem that seeks
to identify common features of research and practice, thereby extending previous scholarship on the
nature of academic research.

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