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Future of Architectural Research, Architectural Research Centers Consortium 2015 Conference

Architecture Research Collaborative


Future of Architecture Research



Organizing Team:

Ajla Aksamija, John Haymaker (Perkins&Will) and Abbas Aminmansour (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)


Future of Architectural Research

Research in architectural design and the built environment is diversifying and reaching new directions. Technological changes, such as new materials, design representations, and construction techniques have accelerated the need to advance knowledge across the design disciplines. Today, research is more important than ever and is becoming an integral component in the design practices. The theme of ARCC 2015 Conference - the FUTURE of Architectural Research - was intended to help define the future directions of architectural research and practice. The conference explored interdisciplinary approaches that address advanced materials, building technologies, environmental and energy concerns, computational design, automation in construction and design delivery methods.

The research papers included in this book address the above stated themes and topics and provide an excellent overview of cutting-edge architectural research and results. For example, several research papers relate to extremely low-energy and net-zero energy buildings, building-scale and community resiliency, new materials and building technologies, and advanced computational design, prototyping, and fabrication methods present some of the emerging issues. Other research papers focus on specific building types (e.g., commercial, residential, healthcare, learning environments), and discuss the intricacies and design methods that must be considered during the design process of these specific building typologies. Social and behavioral research papers discuss occupants’ psychological and physiological well-being and identify important considerations and factors that influence operational side of the built environment. Papers that focus on research and education in academia present some of the emerging methods for integrating research and pedagogical modes in architectural design and discuss variety of case studies.
It is our intention to increase discernibility of current architectural research, both practice-led and from the academy, and begin to form collaborative alliances that will result in wider implementation of research results, improved design practices and outcomes, increased funding for architectural research, and significant impacts on the society and built environment.


Aksamija, A., Haymaker, J., and Aminmansour, A., eds., (2015). “Future of Architectural Research: Architectural Research Centers Consortium 2015”, Proceedings of the 2015 Architectural Research Centers Consortium Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April 6-9.