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 is not currently accepting applications. An archive of grants awarded in recent years is online
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 announced 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 targets 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.
The National Institute of Building Sciences began publishing the bi-monthly Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences (JNIBS) in June 2013, through a relationship with Stamats Commercial Buildings Group. The Institute's previous journals — the Journal of Building Enclosure Design (JBED), Journal of Building Information Modeling (JBIM), Journal of Advanced and High-Performance Materials (JMAT) and Journal of Hazard Mitigation and Risk Assessment (JHAZ) — have been amalgamated into this new periodical.
CMD is a commercial construction information provider with a combination of national U.S. coverage of construction projects and Canadian coverage available. CMD uses that project information, including the plans and specifications, to help their customers drive business results. This includes high level forecasting information, market and specification analysis, and tactical leads for sales execution and project bidding.
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.