As someone said to me if you are going to do research in architecture don’t dabble in it. Either do it as pure research or do it as serious applied research, at the other end of the chain, which will give you some kind of competitive advantage. But don’t dabble.
Wild and crazy Design Thinking is central to architecture. But if you want to be a great BIM Monkey just go for that linear problem solving, get it done one quickly, jam that round problem into square hole type of thinking.
One of the challenges of teaching architectural practice in the modern era is to architecture engage students with real practice. Complicating this is the fact
Architects need to change their practice models if they are to survive. Its no good to just say we do design and that is research.
The challenge for architects, is to adapt in a competitive global system that is increasingly flexible and indeterminate. This is a system where the project itself has, in a manner of speaking, disappeared.
This issue is a train wreck of big brands, naive and not so naive political populism; ignorance about architecture and conflicting theories of architecture, planning and urban design .