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Can design be called research?

  • David Yeomans (a1)


As funding for research in British universities is now dependent upon an assessment of research productivity (made every four years), departments of architecture are finding that design, which used to be considered as the equivalent of research for architectural teachers, may not be regarded as such for the purposes of this assessment. The arguments both for and against considering design as a research activity are discussed, as is the need for a recognised way of grading the quality of work. Suggestions are made for the direction in which design as research in schools of architecture might take.



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arq: Architectural Research Quarterly
  • ISSN: 1359-1355
  • EISSN: 1474-0516
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