Research by Design – Research through Design

  • Dieter Geissbühler Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias


This paper is to be read in context with the paper of Uli Herres (next paper in thisjournal), since the two explain the handling of specific forms of knowledge in theMaster of Arts in Architecture course at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciencesand Arts and in the related Research Group Material Structure Energy in Architecture.Research by Design is established in the curricula of teaching as well as in research ondifferent levels from regular teaching in architecture to the PhD program. Theinteraction is a two directional, meaning that teaching influences research as researchinfluences teaching. The concept of combining theory and practice in the Master ofArts in Architecture course at the HSLU – T&A forms the basis of the concept ofresearch by design as applied by the Research Group Material Structure Energy inArchitecture.The Master course in architecture is directly linked to the work of the Research Group,a request that has been stated by the governmental guidelines for the introduction ofa master program in architecture at the universities of applied sciences inSwitzerland.The University of Applied sciences and Arts Lucerne took this opportunity to establisha model that introduces the interaction of design methods with scientific methods inthree steps. The basis is set with a distinct content linked to the credo “building as system” of the Department Technique and Architecture. This meant a clear focusingon issues directly linked to the design of buildings.Keywords: architecture, research, spatial knowledge, design teaching

Biografia Autor

Dieter Geissbühler, Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias
Dipl. Architekt ETH SIA BSA