Bridging the Gap Between Academic and Applied Research: interdisciplinary approaches for the built environment
Olga Popovic, Professor, PhD, Architect MAA
Lotte Bjerregaard Jensen, Associate Professor, PhD, Architect, MAA
Søren Nielsen, Architect MAA, R & D leader, Partner, Vandkunsten
Andreas Castberg, PhD, Civil Engineer, CCO, Business Development
Søren Jensen, Rådgivende Ingeniørfirma A/S
This PhD course makes a connection between academic applied research closely related to practice in the context of interdisciplinarity.
Research within the built environment including architecture, architectural technology, construction, building engineering and design disciplines often deal with applied research with relevance to practice. Also, as design approaches are holistic, applied research within the built environment is often interdisciplinary combining methods, tools and approaches from specific disciplines.
Currently the importance of leading the field and creating new knowledge is not only essential for research institutions, but research and development (R & D) activities are becoming integral part of companies, studios and practices that traditionally have not been involved in research. R&D enables them to formalize their own investigations, also, link with research institutions with an aim of initiating and investigating practice-relevant research problems. The findings of these are often essential for a practice because the practice can apply the research into their everyday work becoming a leader within their applied field.
The collaborations with industry are important for an applied research project, they give an important edge of relevance and applicability as well as an opportunity to test the findings in a real-practice context. However, there are also challenges when collaborating with industry. The main challenges lie in the (often different) expectations about the real project aims, the time-scale of applicability, research methods to be used and in how the research is presented and shared within the wider research community.
This PhD course offers a platform that questions the position of an academic research project and its relationship to practice/industry within the context of interdisciplinarity.
Lectures with case-studies of completed PhD projects and research projects addressing aspects from the broad field of the built environment (architecture, architectural technology, construction, building engineering and design disciplines) will be presented followed by discussions. The following topics will be covered:
1. Technology and art in a research project
2. Interdisciplinary research methods and tools
3. Parametric design tools optimizing design decisions
4. Expectations and value systems – practice/industry v.s academic environment
In addition to the lectures, and through: discussions, a workshops, seminar and a symposium, aspects will be addressed:
Interdisciplinarity – challenge and opprtunity,
Academic v.s practice/industry relevance,
Resources (equipment, tools etc.)
Knowledge rights/intellectual ownership,
Dissemination to practice and research community,
Each lecture will be followed by a workshop with students working in groups where common opportunities and challenges of their own PhD projects will be mapped. This, will aim at identifying the topic/PhD aspect of their own PhD, each student will work with for the symposium.
For the symposium, the PhD students will be asked to prepare, write and present an essay that addresses an aspect of their PhD which will be presented. The forum of researchers, industry representatives as well as the other PhD researchers will give a critique to each presentation.
To enter the PhD course each student needs to send a 300-word abstract describing their PhD project and explaining the connection to practice/industry.
The course is intended for PhD researchers within the built environment including architecture, architectural technology, construction, building engineering and design disciplines whose research has a relevance to practice. Industrial PhD candidates are one category, but also any PhD project who works with applied research or interdisciplinarity will find this course relevant.
21, 22 and 25 October
7 and 8 November
Provisional dates to be confirmed
Min. and Max. number of participants:
Min. 7 Max. 14
Deadline of registration:
20 September 2019 through Karen Margrethe Laursen: email@example.com