Planning a design thesis: ways, means and tactics for research through design

Moloney, C 2015, 'Planning a design thesis: ways, means and tactics for research through design' in Jules Moloney, Jan Smitheram, Simon Twose (ed.) Perspectives on Architectural Design Research, Spurbuchverlag, Baunach, Germany, pp. 135-137.


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Title Planning a design thesis: ways, means and tactics for research through design
Author(s) Moloney, C
Year 2015
Title of book Perspectives on Architectural Design Research
Publisher Spurbuchverlag
Place of publication Baunach, Germany
Editor(s) Jules Moloney, Jan Smitheram, Simon Twose
Start page 135
End page 137
Subjects Design Innovation
Summary "Design is messy and over analysis will stop the flow ... " was the parting line from a colleague after a conversation on design methods. Fo1- many, 'method' is associated with a grim period in a1-chitecture where science held sway. I certainly have no intention of resu1-recting the dogma of that period, but in equal measure I agree with Till (20 12) that painting the design researcher as a heroic genius, marginalises the agency of design research. Despite the various arguments surrounding the value of design as research such as those developed by Downton (2003), van Schaik (2008), or Fraser (2013), there are only a few contempo1-ary resources Uomaka,2008) (Muckenheim and Demel, 2012), which at best provide partial references for students planning a design thesis. If the research emphasis is on designing, then critical knowledge and skills on the ways and means (methods) and tactics for their deployment (methodology) is essential.
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