In 2008, Jeremy TIll published a seminar article under request of the Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA). In  “Architectural research: three myths and one model”, he exposes the fragile --or better underestimated-- relationship between architecture and research while claiming  for “Making architecture speak” as a fundamental starting point. More than a decade later, his positions seem to have even more relevance nowadays.  

Should architectural design be a research based activity? How much? What does architectural research mean? How is it conducted? Where to draw a distinction between design and research? How can research improve a design?  Understanding research as a fundamental space to challenge, question and explore, this course perceives relation design–research as an entanglement where each one helps to enrich the other one.  

As contemporary education integrates varied paths in architectural research, as professional practices tend to include research processes, as theoretical and socio-economic realities accept inter and transdisciplinary approaches; the aim of this course is to provide introductory knowledge  to conduct research—or more informally, inquiry—about architecture.  The overall framework is to offer an entry point by introducing some major characteristics and applications of research methods, while providing more specific references on the methods of interest.  In addition, it seems fundamental to revise practical approximations of contemporary practitioners and their research approximations into design.