Research Associate OLIN Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
As more design firms establish internal research groups, some have eschewed top-down research agendas, investing instead in organizational infrastructure that supports the bottom-up emergence of research priorities. Hear from three firms with well-established research infrastructure about programs that encourage staff engagement, collaboration, and leadership while supporting disciplinary transformation.
Learn how staff-driven research is encouraged, supported, funded, and integrated into projects at three leading design firms.
Learn how trickle-up research programs can be flexibly adapted and scaled to firms with a range of sizes, disciplines, operating budgets, portfolios, and practice types.
Learn how formal research programs can foster collaboration and innovation in design practice, while also supporting retention and recruitment.
Understand how staff-driven research is selected and funded at a variety of firms and discover a range of practice-based research examples, methods, findings, and outcomes.