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Issue 4.1

Research, Practice, and the Making of Architecture

The old dichotomy of research vs. practice continues to play out in the constructed division between academia and the profession. Unlike other disciplines with licensure, in which the ultimate goal of research is to advance practice, in the field of architecture, research has substantially remained independent of professional practice. As a result, academic innovation has been slow to have widespread impact in the design and construction of buildings. In exploring the translation of building technology into architecture and design, it is valuable to reflect on the reasons for the research/practice divide, to understand its consequences, and to outline potential paths forward.