Call for Papers

The Fourth International Conference on Architectural Research by Design (ARbD’14) invites researchers and professionals to contribute their specific vision through scientific articles to be presented in scheduled sessions in Lisbon on 8th May / 9th May 2014.

We will consider that there are four main subjects to be discussed and defined at this conference:

Theme I: Knowledge
Architectural knowledge: What kinds of knowledge are we talking about when we consider research by design? Is it insight specific to architectural knowledge, or is it about method?

Theme II: Methods
Transparent processes of inquiry: What is the “process of inquiry” in architectural practice? In what way can we talk about a research process that is based on the design process? And in what way can we use the notion of transparency in relation to research by design? Is it possible to demonstrate the value of research by design? How can we promote research by design as an important methodology for spatial design and the creation of public space?

Theme III: Communication and notation
What kind of modes of communication should be considered to be adequate to the scientific community? Architectural practice uses different types of notation, mainly drawings and physical models, and nowadays a range of digital media, for communicating to the various agents within the architectural industry, whereas traditional academic research tends to use mainly verbal forms of communication. What type of notations can be used, and what kind of weight should be given to each type, in architectural research by design?
How can we communicate the creative process? Is it even possible to do so? Or should we assume that in research by design only the more descriptive part of research can be explicitly communicated?

Theme IV: Evaluation and assessment
How can we evaluate data and outcomes in the context of research by design? Should originality, significance and rigour be the same in architectural practice as it is within research? Who should make the assessment? Should recognized practicing architects, with no academic positions, be appointed as members in the assessment process? Should relevance for practice, theoretical and procedural consistency, transparency of the processes and outcomes, inter-disciplinarity and trans-disciplinarity, engagement with architectural competences and experiences, be included as part of the assessment?
It is in the nature of research by design that it should be useful and have more engagement with the world outside academia; therefore should ‘impact’ on society be a measure?
Also, what can we learn about research by design from other fields where it is more developed, such as in industrial design?


We are looking for proposals for papers of a maximum of 20 minutes in length (c.3000 words) and which address any one of the above issues, or else bring some of the different issues together.
In order to make our selection of papers, please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words and which contain no more than 2 jpeg images. All abstracts must also include the presenter’s name, institutional or practice affiliation, email and postal address, together with the title of the paper and a short biographical note about the presenter.
Abstracts should be sent to João Sequeira at and arrive no later than Friday 14th March 2014.
Notification of abstract acceptance due: 22th March 2014
Final paper submission due: 22th April 2014

All proposals must contain original research and must not have been previously published. Conference papers can be published as conference proceedings in a double peer-reviewed international on-line journal with ISSN 1646-6756 – Lusophone Architectural and Education Journal – or as chapters of a book with ISBN number by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. The guidelines for full papers will be made available in 22th March 2014 to the selected participants.


Organizing bodies

Architectural Lab. Research Center LabART (more info…) / Architectural Department DARQ-ECATI-ULHT (more info…)
Architectural Research in Europe Network Association ARENA. (more info…)
Garagem Sul / Centro Cultural de Belém CCB (more info..)

João Sequeira; Mª João Matos; Patrícia Pedrosa.
Ana Caetano, Adónis Quiwacana, Adriana Semedo, Cheila Azenha, Rui Neto e Teresa Conceição

Lurdes Oliveira
phone: (+351) 217 515 500 (ext. 2404)
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