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April 5 2020                   [1h + 31 min]


Dr. Adam Sharr

Director School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK


Interviewers in order of participation:



Federica Goffi CRIPTIC Chair, PhD & MAS Program Co-Chair ASAU, CU

&  Nicolas Arellano Risopatron PhD student ASAU, CU

Devon Moar MAS student ASAU, CU

Marco Ianni PhD student ASAU, CU

Kristin Washco PhD student ASAU, CU

Amanda Lapointe MAS student ASAU, CU


Guest: Taj Masud Adjunct Prof. ASAU, CU

In –InterVIEW/LISTEN 3–Dr. Adam Sharr, the Director of the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape at Newcastle University, introduces the PhD by Creative Practice, established in the last decade in one of the oldest architecture schools in the UK. About 15 candidates have graduated in the PhD by Creative Practice, which is rooted in research by design or practice based research and exists alongside more traditional PhDs. PhD students in the Creative Practice PhD question how architectural ways of knowing inform contemporary society, its practices, and culture at large.


Dr. Sharr discussed the shift brought about in the postwar era, after the first Oxford Conference on architectural education (1958), with the establishment of doctoral research in architecture in the UK. At that time much of the research was into technical knowledge, land use and construction, and architects borrowed research methods from more established research fields, including applied science, engineering, humanities, and sociology. In this millennium, architects are now trying to establish methods that are distinctive of the field, trading in architectural ways of knowing.


Distinctively in the Creative Practice PhD in Newcastle, the experimental research work distinguishes itself from Design Research, as it is known in Australia and Europe, by taking design methods and architectural ways of working back into the inter-, multi- and trans-disciplinary domain to reengage them with methods including historiography, ethnography, anthropology, by experimenting on a wide spectrum of approaches, from creative history, digital creative practices, biotechnical creative practices, ethnography, co-production of space, to choreographic and mapping practices.

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