Research is becoming an increasingly integrated activity within professional practice. Examples of practices with dedicated research and development units include: 3xN/GxN (DK); BIG/BIG ideas(DK) Foster & Partners (UK); Kieran Timberlake (USA); Aedas (Int.) This integration within practice exerts new demands on required competencies.
This includes the ability to conduct research but it also requires understandings of how to successfully integrate research practice, and its results, within the design cycle and in relation to specific project demands.
The CITAstudio programme cultivates the development of research competencies. It does so by placing you in a context of research-informed teaching which directly interfaces the expertise of CITA’s research environment and extensive international network of collaborators and industrial partners. The teaching focus is tightly linked to CITA’s core research practice which is established upon the internationally recognised Research-by-Design methodology. During the autumn semester, students engage in a series of focused workshops aligned with an ongoing CITA research project and it’s underlying research questions. In 2015 the context was the project Complex Modelling, in 2016 Innochain, and in 2017 Flora Robotica.
Teaching collaborations with external academic institutions also contribute to the CITAstudio learning culture. These collaborations are established in order to promote dialogue and an exchange of ideas and practices with members of the broader community within the field of Architecture and Computation.
Teaching in CITAstudio is provided by staff drawn directly from the CITA research environment. This includes active researchers, practitioners, PhD candidates and research assistants. This resource is supplemented by collaborations with other institutions and guest professorships.
Through CITA the programme can also offer our students access to a range of digital technologies, including 3D scanning, materials testing, and fabrication tools including CITA’s robotics lab.