2016.05.18  The Rise of Practice-Based Research in Design

Anya Domlesky looked at rise of practice-based research in design. The research surveyed how design firms, including SWA, have addressed increasingly complex environmental, technical, and cultural issues by evolving their practice models to include formal research initiatives, foresight efforts, or innovation programs. With six case studies, Domlesky detailed how select firms in varying disciplines are pursuing similar aims: the expansion of their practice, the refinement of their craft, or the further evaluation of their work and processes. Each of these firms customized their research program through a combination of nine strategies. As we move into a time when it is no longer sufficient to make landscapes and urban places that are solely beautiful and well-built, we must investigate how practice can adapt to this progressively complex design environment.