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(Active-Passive Environmental Systems, 2011 AIA Upjohn Research recipient)

Research needs to be fostered within a spirit of collaboration. This on-line resource is a way to increase collaboration across the practice and academic enterprises. The links on this page lead to several resources: abstracts and full papers from the Research for Practice (RFP) and Upjohn Research Initiatives, proceedings of research summits, research sites of interest, a history of research at the AIA, a primer on research, and a list of past submission jurors. Overall, this effort supports AIA’s Authoritative Source and Credible Voice strategies.

AIA Research Priorities

AIA Research Priorities align with the AIA initiatives of: Integrated Practice, Sustainability, and Diversity. The following domains are taken into account when addressing research: Leadership, Practice, Design, and Building Performance.

Specific research agenda areas include: Social, Technological, Environmental, Cultural, Organizational, Design, and Educational.

    • Social Research examines the people who inhabit and use the spaces of architecture.

    • Technological Research studies the physical materials, methods, elements, systems, and science of architecture and the design and construction processes.

    • Environmental Research investigates the physical context of architecture, opening timely questions about the influence of society on environment.

    • Cultural Research studies place-making and the norms of the inhabitants of natural and built places past, present, and future.

    • Organizational Research examines the ways in which individuals and teams collaborate in the practice of architecture and in the client organizations.

    • Design Research considers the processes of shaping and making of places.

    • Educational Research examines the pedagogies of architecture and related fields.

The following eight 2010 strategies help position research as a knowledge asset as well as establishing research priorities and direction for the AIA.

    • Continue to promote research linkages between the academy and practice.

    • Refine the role of academic communities and how they can contribute to and expand the research agenda.

    • Define and develop standard research criteria, techniques, and vocabulary.

    • Integrate research and "evidence-based design" in education and practice.

    • Establish a unified research database in AKR.

    • Encourage research initiatives at all AIA component levels involving local schools of architecture.

    • Explore possibility of a research award.

    • Refine and vet research priorities within the knowledge domains (Leadership, Practice, Design, Building Performance) and agenda areas (Social, Technological, Environmental, Cultural, Organizational, Design, Educational).

Upjohn Research Initiative
2015 Call for Submissions
(due September 1, 2015, 11:59pm Eastern) (PDF)
2014 grant recipients
2013 grant recipients
2012 grant recipients
2011 grant recipients
2010 grant recipients
2009 grant recipients
(abstracts and full reports)
2008 grant recipients
(abstracts and full reports)
2007 grant recipients
(abstracts and full reports)

RFP Research Grant Program
2008 grant recipients
(abstracts and full reports)
2007 grant recipients
(abstracts and full reports)
2006 grant recipients
(abstracts and full reports)
2005 AIA Report on University Research

AIA Report on University Research (volume 5)

Awards Jury (Upjohn and RFP) 
Jury Participants

AIA Research Summits
2013 Research Summit
(PDF) for public review
2012 Research Summit
(PDF); Appendix (PDF)
2007 Research Summit

2010 ARCC/EAAE International Conference on Architectural Research
Final Papers

Conference Proceedings

Research & Design – The Quarterly of the AIA Research Corporation
Research & Design v1 n1
(1978, January) – Solar Architecture
Research & Design v1 n2
(1978, April) – Seismic Design
Research & Design v1 n3
(1978, July) – Post-Occupancy Evaluation
Research & Design v1 n4
(1978, October) – Baseline
Research & Design v2 n1
(1979, January) – Passive Technology
Research & Design v2 n2
(1979, Spring) – Climate and Architecture
Research & Design v2 n3
(1979, Fall) – Passive Cooling
Research & Design v2 n4
(1980, Spring) – Researching the ‘80s
Research & Design v3 n1
(1980, Summer) – Energy Conscious Redesign


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