ARCT08038 2019 Research + Engagement: Introduction

General Details

Full Title
Research + Engagement: Introduction
Transcript Title
Research + Engagement: Introdu
80 %
Subject Area
ARCT - Architecture
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Bernadette Donohoe, Deirdre Greaney, Michael Roulston, Cliona Brady, Peter Scanlon, Mary Byrne
Programme Membership
SG_VARCH_H08 201900 Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) SG_VARCH_H08 202000 Bachelor of Architecture (Honours)

During this module, students will be introduced to a range of innovative research methods and processes appropriate to the culture and practice of architecture. A range of design research examples will be analysed to identify the issues and processes related to research design, such as theoretical and methodological contexts, along with presentation and dissemination modes. Ethical issues and practical research concerns will also be considered.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Analyse  case studies of architectural research, and related research questions and processes.


Critically discuss the architectural research in relation to theoretical discourse.


Discuss ethical and practical issues impacting on design research.


Frame an architectural research question and research options using appropriate diagrammatic, visual and textual analysis.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Knowledge and Research in Practice is taught using a combination of lectures, presentations, theoretical discussion and practical based tutorials.  Both individual and group work modes are utilised throughout.

Module Assessment Strategies

Seminar with graphic and written  group  presentations

Presentation of research poster  and its findings as an exhibition display with accompanying text.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment will be dependent on failed components. This will be confirmed at formal exam boards.‚Äč

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

  • research methodologies
  • case study analysis
  • design research precedents
  • appropriate presentation and dissemination modes


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Group seminar presentation Continuous Assessment Group Project 50 % Week 7 1,2
2 Research Poster Continuous Assessment Individual Project 50 % Week 12 3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture and tutorial 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
Research methods for architecture. Laurence King Publishing

Required Reading
2103 Architectural Research Methods Wiley & Sons

Required Reading
2012 Writing About Architecture: Mastering The Language of Buildings and Princeton Architectural Press

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

see module handbook

Journal Resources

see module handbook

URL Resources

see module handbook

Other Resources

Recommended Reading:

Barrett, E. (ed.), Bolt, B. (ed.) (2010). Practice as research. London, UK: I. B. Tauris & Co Ltd.

Chamberlain, P., Bonsiepe, G., Cross, N., Keller, I., Frens, J., Buchanan, R. & Schneider, B. (2007). Design research now: essays and selected projects. Walter de Gruyter.

Fraser, M. et al. (2014). ‘Design research in architecture’ (series and lead publication). London, UK:  Ashgate,

Groat, L., & Wang, D. (2015). Architectural research methods (2nd ed.).    New York, USA: Wiley.

Hensel, M. U. (ed.). (2013). Design innovation for the built environment: research by design and the renovation of practice. Routledge.

Knight, A. and Ruddock, L. (2008). ‘Advanced research methods in the built environment’ London, UK: Wiley Blackwell.

Martindale, K. (ed.) (2017). RIBA president’s awards: knowledge and research in practice. London, UK: RIBA.

Rendell, J. (2004). ‘Architectural research and disciplinarity’ Architectural Research Quarterly (ARQ) Vol. 8, No. 2, pp 144.

Smith, H. Dean, R.T. (2009). Practice-led research, research-led practice in the creative arts, Edinburgh. UK: Edinburgh University Press.