Practicing ArchitectureArchitectural Research
This collection lists research information of note from around the field as well as AIA Components. Resources include organizations, initiatives, funding, publications, and project profiles.
The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, membership association founded in 1912 to advance the quality of architectural education. ACSA, unique in its representative role for schools of architecture, provides a forum for ideas on the leading edge of architectural thought. Issues that will affect the architectural profession in the future are being examined today in ACSA members’ schools. The association maintains a variety of activities that influence, communicate, and record important issues. Such endeavors include scholarly meetings, workshops, publications, awards and competition programs, support for architectural research, policy development, and liaison with allied organizations.
The Architectural Research Centers Consortium, Inc. (ARCC) is an international association of architectural research centers committed to the expansion of the research culture and a supporting infrastructure in architecture and related design disciplines. Since its founding as a non-profit corporation in 1976, ARCC has represented a concerted commitment to the improvement of the physical environment and the quality of life.
The BSA Research Grants in Architecture program supports original research projects. We are interested in innovative, practice-based and practice-oriented research that expands the definition of research in the profession and the industry (e.g., research that is genuinely multi-disciplinary, not solely academic, etc.).
What can project teams do to identify, anticipate and mitigate the conditions and factors that drive uncertainty, and how can owners adjust their expectations of project team performance to align with reasonable, achievable metrics that truly benefit the project? These are the core questions behind the Managing Uncertainty and Expectations in Building Design and Construction SmartMarket Report, produced by McGraw Hill Construction in partnership with the AIA Large Firm Roundtable.
The AIA is among the research partners for the SmartMarket Report: Prefabrication and Modularization: Increasing Productivity in the Construction Industry. This report shows how prefabrication and modularization is yielding real business benefits for users. Commonly used prefabricated and modular building elements include mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, exterior walls, building superstructures, roofing, floors and interior room modules. Out of over 800 architecture, engineering and contracting (AEC) professionals surveyed, 66% report improved project schedules, 65% report decreased project costs, and 77% report reduced construction site waste.
As of July 2011, the Council on Tall Building and Urban Habitat announces its Research Development Initiative directed at colleagues involved in (or aspiring to be involved in) tall building-related research and development. The central goal of this initiative is to promote grant proposal submissions and to reduce barriers to tall building research. Recognizing that research is vital to the future of tall building production, the Research Development Initiative will target opportunities for advancing new innovations and technologies.
The Journal of Architectural and Planning Research is an international interdisciplinary resource for professionals and scholars in architecture, design, and planning. Reporting internationally both recent research findings and innovative new practices, JAPR provides a link between theory and practice for researchers and practicing professionals. JAPR is published in cooperation with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a number of national and international organizations.
NEA Research Notes look at different ways to assign value to the arts. Arts and the GDP: Value Added by Selected Cultural Industries (Note #104, July 2011) uses data from the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis to examine the value added by selected cultural industries to the U.S. economy, including the dollars and jobs added to individual state economies. Cultural industries are economic powerhouses and states have the data to prove it, according to this analysis.
Through a relationship with Matrix Group Publishing, the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) publishes the Journal of Building Enclosure Design (JBED) to present and support research and development on building enclosure systems for North America.
Complimentary Economic Forecast Webcast: Post-Election: Where is Construction Headed?
(Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 3:00 - 4:30 p.m., EST)
Which types of construction are most likely to prosper in 2013? Which will suffer? What will happen with materials prices? Where will work be scarce, and where will it be plentiful? Hear the expert opinions of three top design and construction economists in this fast-moving, interactive webcast. Speakers are expert chief economists Kermit Baker (American Institute of Architects), Bernard Markstein (Reed Construction Data), and Ken Simonson (Associated General Contractors of America). Architects who are AIA members can receive 1.5 learning units for attending the live webcast. Members must include their AIA member number during registration.
The USGBC’s LEED Stories from Practice initiative engages the green building community in contributing to and learning from LEED projects to advance green building knowledge. The initiative offers a free, beta directory of LEED projects. This resource collection contains project profiles submitted by diverse stakeholders to convey successes, strategies, best practices, ROI, lessons learned and more.