SABRE Multiplier Event: Applied Research in the Market Place

A digital Multiplier Event for Intellectual SABRE Output 4 “Applied Research in the Market Place: Architectural Design Research” takes place on September 15, 2020.

Results of SABRE Output 4: Millie Green Architectural Models (Picture © Chalmers University of Technology)


Research methods in architectural practice and architectural research, a collaboration between Bartlett UCL, London, UK, and Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.

How to highlight, articulate, and disseminate the design research going on in architectural practices? How to develop architectural practices to be more academically informed and more consciously based in continuous research and knowledge creation in practice?

An open symposium is held 15 September presenting the research project Applied Research in the Market Place: Architectural Design Research which aims to contribute to socially sustainable housing solutions in housing schemes in London and Gothenburg, respectively, through interplay between research and practice. It is part of a larger EU-project called SABRE* by the alliance BauHow5 aiming to strengthen research in architecture and the built environment.​

The specific research project is a collaboration between Bartlett UCL and Chalmers which aims to develop models for exchange and collaboration between architectural research and architectural practice, with a focus on housing. The structure of the research project is two case study projects, in which two slightly different approaches are tried in each country. The London team is an academically based group supported by an expert group of actors from practice and society, working on a self-created idea project based on real conditions. The Gothenburg team is an academically based group collaborating with practicing architects and clients in their design work on a real project, where involvement at an early stage in the design process strengthens sustainable design ideas and design solutions in practice.  The seminar the 15th September presents the research project and includes lectures of keynote speakers and a final discussion. 

The seminar is free and web-based via Zoom and open to everyone, but registration is required. 
The zoom-link is provided at registration >>​
Time: 13:30 – 17: 30 (CET)
Language: English

Program – 15 September

13.30 Welcome and introduction to BauHow5 and SABRE Fredrik Nilsson, Professor, Chalmers University of Technology
13.40 Design research within schools of architecture Murray Fraser, Professor, the Bartlett, UCL
13.50 Research in architecture – a Swiss perspective Oya Atalay Franck, Professor, ZHAW, Winterthur (tbc)
14.20 Challenges for social housing in Britain Peter Bishop, Professor, the Bartlett, UCL
14.40 CLOUD’s counter-design for Upton Gardens in East Ham Nicholas Jewell, Head of Research, Ben Adams Architects
15.00 Break
15.10 Research for flexible and sustainable housing Anna Braide, Senior Lecturer, Chalmers
15.30 The design of Tuve housing project, Gothenburg Andreas Norrman, Architect/Partner, Malmström Edström Architects and Engineers
15.50 White Research Lab Anna-Johanna Klasander, Director of Research, White Arkitekter
16.20 Break
16.30 The Changing Shape of Practice – Integrating Research and Design Michael Hensel, Professor, Vienna University of Technology
17.00 Panel discussion Oya Atalay Franck, Michael Hensel, Anna-Johanna Klasander, Murray Fraser, Anna Braide Moderated by Fredrik Nilsson
17.20 Wrapping up – Murray Fraser / Fredrik Nilsson
17.30 End​

SABRE-research project, Strengthening Architectural and Built Environment Research, is a EU-financed cooperative project (Erasmus + Strategic Partnership project 2017-2019). Contributers are Bartlett, UCL (UK); Chalmers (Sweden); ETH Zurich (Switzerland); TU Delft (Netherlands); and TU Munich (Germany).​

Murray Fraser is Professor of Architecture and Global Culture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, where he jointly runs the Centre for London Urban Design (CLOUD). He is also the editor of Design Research in Architecture: An Overview (Ashgate, 2013) and Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture (Bloomsbury, 2020).
Oya Atalay Franck is Professor at ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Winterthur, Switzerland, where she is the Director of the School of Architecture, Design and Civil Engineering. She is also the President of EAAE – the European Association of Architectural Education. She acts as an expert in various scientific bodies as well as in peer review committees and in quality audits.
Peter Bishop is Professor in Urban Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, where he jointly runs the Centre for London Urban Design (CLOUD). Previously the Director of Design for London, an independent studio that also advised London’s Mayor, he is co-author of The Temporary City (Routledge, 2012) and Planning, Politics and the Making of Cities (RIBA, 2016).
Nicholas Jewell is Head of Research at Ben Adams Architects and also works part-time in the Bartlett’s Centre for London Urban Design (CLOUD). His doctoral thesis was published as Shopping Malls and Public Space in Modern China (Ashgate, 2015), and he is currently working on a comparative book dealing with urbanism in London, Shanghai and Los Angeles.
Anna Braide is Lecturer at the Division of Building Design, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology. Her PhD Dwelling in time: Studies on life course spatial adaptability focused flexible building and social sustainability, and was conducted through research on design and investigative sketching by students at architecture.
Andreas Norrman is an Architect and Partner at Malmström Edström Architects and Engineers, Gothenburg, Sweden. He has been involved in and responsible architect for several award-winning architectural projects, among them the housing project Brf Viva which was part of the research project Positive Footprint Housing.
Anna-Johanna Klasander is Director of Research and Development at White Arkitekter, Sweden. She is also Artistic Professor at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at Chalmers, where she also is Head of Division of Urban Design.
Michael Hensel is Professor at the Vienna University of Technology where he is Head of the Research Department Digital Architecture and Planning. Among his many publications are the books The Changing Shape of Practice. Integrating Research and Design in Architecture (Routledge, 2016) and The Changing Shape of Architecture. Further Cases of Integrating Research and Design in Practice (Routledge, 2019), both co-edited with Fredrik Nilsson.
Fredrik Nilsson is Professor of Architectural Theory, and Head of the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology. He was previously Head of Research in Practice at Älvstranden Utveckling AB, and has a background as Partner at White Arkitekter, where he was Head of Research and Development.​