BauHow5 is a European alliance of five leading research intense European universities in Architecture and the Built Environment. The aim of the alliance is to push the boundaries of current practices in pedagogies, research and practice and raise awareness of the value of research and innovation in Architecture and the Built Environment for the wider benefit of society, economy and cultural life. BauHow5 Partners are The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment of the University College London, the School of Architecture of Chalmers University of Technology, the Department of Architecture of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, the Department of Architecture of the Technical University of Munich and BK Bouwkunde of Delft University of Technology.

BauHow5

Much of the quality of life and social cohesion of cities and regions depends on the way that architects, planners, urban designers and landscape architects provide spaces for communities to live and work in. The collaborative work of all stakeholders involved in the process of designing, developing and producing architecture and urban or regional spaces as well as the use of building materials and processes has wide-spread and long-term effects on the economic, sociological, environmental and cultural conditions of European cities and regions. Given the complexity and urgency of these interrelations, the BauHow5 alliance aims to promote innovation in architectural research and practice, to enable a dynamic exchange and to increase cross-border collaboration between those involved in research, development, education, business and policy-making, as well as to increase the impact of architectural research and entrepreneurship for the wider benefit of the economy, society and cultural life. It also wants to foster career development both in academia and in practice by providing necessary skill sets for the future of work in architecture.  Furthermore, it intends to have a lasting impact upon policies for built environment research and innovation, the quality of research-based education in the field, and the establishment of local, regional and transnational partnerships between higher education institutions and various stakeholders.

Strengthening Architecture and the Built Environment Research (SABRE)

The BauHow5 alliance has been successful in winning an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership Grant for a period of three years (2017 – 2020) with their project “Strengthening Architecture and Built Environment Research (SABRE). In this project, the alliance expects to develop as an output a European PhD Core Curriculum for Architecture and the Built Environment, by sharing existing courses among the partners, adopting high-quality courses from other European universities, and creating new courses or reworking existing courses into open formats (i.e. MOOCs). An output on architectural entrepreneurship will establish a test-bed and model for adapting fast-track educational formats from other fields (e.g. management/ engineering/design/business), as well as for linking academia and construction/creative industries. Further, a method for collaboration on real-world problems to make the knowledge triangle work, called ‘Design Dialogues’ will be developed, elaborated and refined, by updating and adapting knowledge/methods for different societal situations across European countries. Last, the output “Applied Research in the Marketplace – Architectural Design Research” will focus on design research going on in architectural practices, showcasing housing projects for London and Gothenburg by use of online Design Research Folios. Multiplier Events towards the end of the project will include a more diverse range of Architectural Schools and Universities within broader Europe, in order to further disseminate its outcomes and discuss them critically.

For further information please contact:

info@bauhow5.eu

 

 

Project Coordinator:

Yolande Schneider
Department of Architecture
Technical University of Munich
Germany

 

 

BauHow5 Partner:

Architecture and Built Environment disciplines have been taught at European universities for over a century. Still the situation bears many of the characteristics of an emerging field of knowledge: it lacks recognition for specific research outputs; it lacks sufficient research funding; it has only recently started to gain acceptance of design as an academic activity; and the esteem of the doctorate title remains comparatively low. A deeper embedding of Architecture and Built Environment research into higher education institutions, as well as outside academia, has therefore not yet been developed sufficiently.

 

Objectives

    • Enable exchanges between those involved in education, business, policy-making and research & development in the field;
    • Establish partnerships for transnational research and innovation partnerships among higher education institutions, industry partners, professional communities, and local as well as regional authorities;
    • Raise awareness of the value of research and entrepreneurship in the field for the wider benefit of the economy, society and cultural life;
    • Extend role of research outcomes in the field within the marketplace, i.e. creative industries, construction industry, policy-making bodies, government, public and professional bodies, and make them more relevant to research funding organizations;
    • Open knowledge and information exchange between researchers in the field at various different stages of development in their careers, both in academia and in practice;
    • Expand innovation culture in the field, including improving research infrastructure (facilities, education programmes, equipment, research centres).

The project was developed jointly by the four partners: Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Architecture; Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment; Technical University of Munich, Department of Architecture and University College London, The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment – with input also from ETH Zurich (associate partner) and stakeholders from industry, practice, professional organisations, and public administration bodies. The composition of the alliance is such that the partners will each bring individual strengths to the project, creating added value.

There will be a wide range of participants in the project activities. Our target groups are staff, students, researchers, and external stakeholders drawn from industry, practice and public administration bodies. A total number of 300 people will directly be involved; roughly 300 other people will benefit indirectly.

 

Project Results

      1. European PhD Core Curriculum for Architecture and the Built Environment: This output will share existing courses among the partners, adopt high-quality courses from other European universities, and create new courses or rework existing courses into open formats (i.e. MOOCs). Click here for more informations.
      2. Architectural Entrepreneurship: This output will establish a test-bed and model for adapting fast-track educational formats from other fields (e.g. management/engineering/design/business), as well as for linking academia and construction/creative industries. Click here for more informations.
      3. Making the Knowledge Triangle Work: This output will develop, elaborate and refine a method for collaboration on real-world problems, called ‘Design Dialogues’, by updating and adapting knowledge/methods for different societal situations across European countries. Click here for more informations.
      4. Applied Research in the Marketplace – Architectural Design Research: This output will focus on design research going on in architectural practices, showcasing housing projects for London and Gothenburg by use of online Design Research Folios. Click for more informations.

 

Impact

The project will result in stronger transnational research partnerships among higher education institutions, industry, practices, and local/regional authorities, by looking at current real-world challenges and increasing the potential for research, innovation and entrepreneurship. It will foster the exchange of information, data, knowledge and policies between researchers and practitioners in Architecture and the Built Environment at various career stages in both academia and industry. The aim is to show how research can play a larger role within European construction/creative industries, and address the needs of public policy-making and professional bodies, as well as research funding organisations.

 

Long-term benefits

The project outputs will provide students and staff/researchers with skill-sets that allow them to succeed in a complex, dynamic and uncertain marketplace, and to open up a more diverse range of employment opportunities. The outputs also aim to aid higher education institutions in promoting research and innovation, specifically through regional networks. All materials will be freely available on Open Access platforms.

Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich

Against Method? Architectural Design in Academia

The Workshop on Design Research in Architecture aims at bringing together various research activities in regard to the methodologies of architectural design – be it considerations from within the discipline, social scientific accounts or contributions from closely related research areas such as ‘artistic research’ – in order to discuss findings and perspectives, to exchange ideas or to identify and sharpen research questions.

Bauhow5 - Against Method? Architectural Design in Academia