Architectural research has a long and varied history at the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Most recently, the AIA has embarked on a number of activities to understand the needs of the profession around research and the AIA’s role to help meet such needs, in order to help advance the profession toward a more research-supported discipline.
Most notably, the AIA held a series of Research Summits (2007, 2011, 2012) that helped differentiate and organize the language of research in the profession, such as articulating the differences between highly rigorous, peer-reviewed research and less formal practice-based case studies and learnings. Research also plays a key role in various initiatives throughout the AIA, which includes the AIA Design & Health Research Consortium, sustainability programs (including the Materials group), and Knowledge Community research programs. The Architects Foundation also helps conduct and support research, such as through the National Resilience Initiative.
To learn more about the AIA’s research agenda, see their “Practice Relevant Research Roadmap and Action Strategy” proposal.The PDF can be viewed at: http://www.aia.org/aiaucmp/groups/aia/documents/pdf/aiab108679.pdf