University of Technology Sydney

11504 Practice: Research Cultures

6cp; 3hpw (2hr lecture, 1hr tutorial)
Requisite(s): 11551c Masters Architectural Design Studio 1
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The subject examines the ways in which research practices and design practices intersect. The subject invites students to think through the different ways that research is increasingly framing design education and professional practice and introduces students to the ways in which research might equally be framed as a creative process.

The subject leads students through three different ways of viewing research: as a vehicle to understanding a complex problem; as a means for claiming truths and generating new knowledge; and as an important component of a design process. The subject introduces students to a new way of thinking about their design practice – informed by developing an appreciation of what defines 'good' and 'rigorous' research – with the aim of improving their capacity to make effective and convincing design propositions. Through the assessments, students are encouraged to develop their research skills and to understand and develop their own interests and research agenda. By the end of the subject, students should be able to use these new skills to strategise their subject choices, plan their future career and to adopt and develop their own stance towards the future of their disciplinary practice.

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Autumn session, City campus

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