ABSTRACT

Architectural practices worldwide have to deal with increasingly complex design requirements. How do practices acquire the ability to do so?

The Changing Shape of Practice provides a handbook of examples for practices that wish to integrate more research into their work and a reference book for students that seek to prepare themselves for the changing shape of practice in architecture.

It addresses the increasing integration of research undertaken in architectural practices of different sizes ranging from small to very large practices from the UK, USA, Europe and Asia. The book is organized according to the size of the practices which is significant in that it addresses the different structures and resourcing requirements that are enabled by specific practice sizes, as this determines and constrains the type, scope and modes of research available to a given practice. The practices covered include:

Woods Bagot
Perkins + Will
White
AECOM
UN Studio
Shop Architects
PLP Architecture
Kieran Timberlake
3XN
ONL
AZPML
Thomas Herzog + Partners
Herreros Arquitectos
Spacescape
OCEAN Design Research Association

By taking stock of the current shape of practice, the book provides essential information for professional architects who are integrating research into their practice.

part |1 pages

PART 1 700+ EMPLOYEES

chapter 1|12 pages

AECOM: AECOM global sports – Rio Olympic Games Barra Park

ByPavel Hladik

chapter 2|11 pages

Perkins+Will: research mechanisms and projects at Perkins+Will

ByJohn Haymaker, Ajla Aksamija, David Green

chapter 4|11 pages

Woods Bagot: user-experience typologies of space

ByRuth Conroy Dalton, Christian Derix

part |1 pages

PART 2 UP TO 100 AND 100+ EMPLOYEES

chapter 5|13 pages

KieranTimberlake: researching – KieranTimberlake’s design ethic

ByDaniel S. Friedman

chapter 6|13 pages

PLP Architecture: accessing the future

ByLars Hesselgren, Benachir Medjdoub, Andrei Martin

chapter 8|11 pages

3XN/GXN: GXN – a new model for green collaborations through research in practice

ByKasper Guldager, Terri Peters

chapter 9|13 pages

UNStudio: research and the ritual of sharing in the practice of UNStudio

ByBen van Berkel and Madelief ter Braak

part |1 pages

PART 3 FEWER THAN 25 EMPLOYEES

chapter 11|17 pages

AZPML – Alejandro Zaera-Polo & Maider Llaguno: aircraft

ByAlejandro Zaera-Polo, Maider Llaguno

chapter 12|10 pages

Herreros Arquitectos

ByChristian Hermansen Cordua

chapter 13|9 pages

ONL – Oosterhuis_Lénárd: continuous variation

ByKas Oosterhuis

chapter 14|12 pages

Spacescape: urban research and design

ByLars Marcus, Alexander Ståhle

part |1 pages

PART 4 SPECIAL CASE

chapter 15|13 pages

OCEAN Design Research Association: the futures of practices

ByMichael Hensel, Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel