Numerous research programs in architecture and built
environment exist in all over the world. Many of them offer a multiple area of
specialization or emphasis. Research method is typically a required course in
those programs. Obviously there is a need for comprehensive book that
introduces a range of method across multiple areas.
The aim of this book is to provide an introductory guide for
anyone wishing to conduct research on an aspect of built environment. The full
range of research method available and applicable to the diverse array of
topics of architectural research is provided in this book. A case study of each research methods strategies
gives a clear discussion.
This book divided into 2 (two) major parts. Part one
describes the domain of architectural research. First chapter that is the scope
of this book gives a clear description of what is architectural research and
the integrative framework of the book. Systems of inquiries and standards of
research quality in architectural research are explored in chapter two. The
importance of literature review is in chapter three followed by description
about theory in relation to method and design in relation to research.
Part two describe seven research strategies in architectural
research. There are Intrepretive-Historical research, qualitative research, correlational
research, experiment and quasi-experimental research, simulation and modeling research,
logical argumentation and case studies and combined strategies.