Aims and Objectives

The overall aim of the project is to explore processes of initiating in architecture projects as a ‘window’ into architect’s roles in processes of social change.

Further specific aims of the project are:

  • To contribute to understanding of how architecture projects are initiated as a collective, contingent and relational endeavour including how this fits into wider policy contexts and social, political and economic processes.
  • To discover how different actors involved in initiating projects conceptualise and communicate their desires and beliefs as social goals, values or ethical codes.
  • To explicate forms of knowledge used by architects in the very early stages of an architectural project.

The objectives of the research are:

  • To identify types of roles played by architects, clients, contractors, local authorities and community/user group members in initiating social architecture projects in the UK.
  • To infer relationships between agency to initiate and social motivations or intentions from actors’ constructions of their beliefs and actions.
  • To establish approaches to conflict in values or motivations between project actors initiating projects.
  • To identify what types of knowledge architects draw on and develop in working to initiate projects.
  • To contribute to understanding of architects’ knowledge base and work outside of or prior to design and construction stages, based on experience of both practitioners and those who work with them, contract, or make use of their work.
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