Biculturalism in architectural practice: instigating change in social and professional environments as a way of creating situations for architectural practice by James McAdam

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This research reflects upon 20 years of architectural practice (with practice co-founder, Tanya Kalinina). It investigates the complexities of working mainly between Britain and Russia, posing questions about architectural responses to two opposing cultures and a bicultural practice and design process. It looks at the inward relationships of the practice and the skills required for different locations.

A significant part of the research relates to practice shared by the two founding partners. A specific part focuses on strategies for urban development, teaching and education programs, and the possible impact on change in social and professional environments for the practice of architecture.

Different streams of practice work are used to analyse the approaches and design methods applied to completed projects, competitions and strategic initiatives. Key projects are identified to explore the influences of the two cultures on the mental space of the practice and its partners. Teaching programs and architectural discourse are also reviewed as an integral part of practice.

Exploration of a number of questions include the quest for intellectual satisfaction – the safeguarding of ideas, practice endeavours at large, and architectural enjoyment. In light of the research process, future directions in practice are also investigated.

Year: 2014
Examiners: Assoc Prof Dr Felicity Scott, Prof Dr Ayse Senturer, Prof Michael McGarry  Supervisors: Professor Leon van Schaik, Professor Martyn Hook


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