AAD Research is where architects, artists and designers generate new knowledge through practice.
Our School enjoys a thriving research community, sharing an ethos of collaboration, interdisciplinary dialogue and public engagement. We see the respective strands of Arts, Architecture and Design not as separate entities, but as interlinking threads, through which we aim to explore innovative practice and contribute to the broader knowledge economy. Above all, we want our research to make a difference, be this on a personal, local or global level.
Our approach focuses on the joining up of our curriculum with research, not only in the paradigm of ‘research-informed teaching’, but also in the concept of a ‘vertical model’ of articulation between student learning, real world engagement, and the research contributions of our staff members. The role of practice is vital in our research scope: many of our staff members are leading practitioners in their fields, whose contribution to knowledge in their disciplines takes the form of public projects, exhibitions, performances, artefacts. They conceptualise their studios as laboratories for the collaborative, pedagogically-driven testing and promulgation of new ideas, products and modes of practice. This embedded connection between practice, research and teaching positions our expertise at the heart of curriculum design and delivery.
Part of what distinguishes the environment of our School is its unique calendar of events and initiatives, which is designed both to complement the broader University schedule and to promote the eclecticism of our programme and the latter’s distinctive connections with the Creative Industries and related research areas. Our Research Seminars, Materials Lectures, Theatre Arts Industry Events, FormGivers, Visual Communication Hothouse talks and the student-led Who Cares series are just some of our programmes that promote knowledge sharing and creative dialogue.
Here in Liveness, we include some highlights of our research interests and initiatives, connecting our staff with our students, and our School with the diverse culture of which it is a proud contributor.
The Legacy of the Foundation of Salisbury: Festival, Movement and City, Christian Frost (Architecture)
Crossing Cultures, Sandra Denicke-Polcher and Jane McAllister (Architecture)
Depth Structures in High Street Publics, Jane Clossick (Architecture). Research into urban morphology and the philosophy and ethics of architecture and urban space.
La Rivoluzione delle Seppie, Rita Elvira Adamo (PhD Architecture 2020)
Technology 2 module and recent 1:1 Making Week in Calabria February 2019, Sandra Denicke Polcher and others (Architecture).