Research in Practice

From Architectural Record’s 2019 Innovation Conference
Presented by Billie Faircloth, AIA Partner, KieranTimberlake

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the areas within the architectural practice that serve as opportunities for research and opportunities for inquiry for the betterment of the industry.
  2. Explain what needs to be done in order to solve some of the professions


0.5 AIA LU/Elective
This test is no longer available for credit

Since its founding, KieranTimberlake has leveraged inquiry to increase its design agency and the ambition and value of architecture. Having affirmed an integrated process as the basis for innovation, the firm has transformed the question “How can we afford to research?” into the retort “How can we afford not to research!” In her talk, Faircloth, a KieranTimberlake partner, will share a range of projects that challenge the role of research in architecture.

Billie Faircloth is a practicing architect, educator, and partner at KieranTimberlake, where she leads transdisciplinary research, design, and problem-solving processes across a range of fields, including environmental management, urban ecology, chemical physics, materials science, and architecture. She fosters collaboration among trades, academies, and industries in order to define a relevant problem-solving boundary for the built environment. Faircloth has published and lectured internationally on themes such as research methods for transdisciplinary and trans-scalar design practices; the production of new knowledge on materials, climate, and thermodynamic phenomena through the design of novel methods, tools, and workflows; and the history of plastics in architecture to demonstrate how architecture’s “posture” towards transdisciplinary practices and new knowledge has changed over time.


Originally published in December 2019