We particularly focus on developing the research approach research by design, where the architectural design process and the field’s own tools, drawing, modelling and experiments are used as research methods to create new insights and knowledge. Artistic research (KUV) combines reflections on artistic practice with the creation of artistic products of high aesthetic quality.
The academic staff is organised in three large research labs established around a limited number of relevant research areas that reflect our focus areas.
The school offers strong research communities within digital design and urban landscape planning, but in addition, we have pointed out three areas that we in particular focus on strengthening and developing:
Research by design
With our special emphasis on research by design, Aarhus School of Architecture emphasises developing research closely linked to the design methods, tools and processes of the field. It is about using the methods from the architectural discipline, creating realisation by working directly and physically with the material, and initiating experiments that explore, develop and challenge.
The field of research by design is still evolving and we collaborate in the CA2RE research network and in a new European project on the supervision of PhD students with a number of other research institutions that also focus on strengthening research by design and artistic based research.
Within the field of research by design, the architectural design process forms the way in which new insights, knowledge, practices or products are created. It generates critical questioning through design work.