AGENCY - 'Transformative Research into Architectural Practice
and Education' is a research centre initiated in 2007 at the School
of Architecture. It was formed through the alliance of staff and
researchers working in and around the subject of architectural
practice and education, and taking a critical view of normative
values and standard procedures in this area, in order to propose
AGENCY is potentially a provocative name for a research group in a School of Architecture. It was chosen to give an immediate sense of the research in the group being active, engaged, and outward looking. It also indicates the non-hierarchical structuring of our group and the dynamic nature of our collaborations. It implies change, with a hint of subversive irony. It asks questions about 'agency' in architecture.
The strapline 'Transformative Research into Architectural Practice and Education' expands the idea, stressing the word `transformative´ to suggest a research activity that both creates and responds to shifting conditions. Instead of remaining passively (and safely) contained within our academic environments, we see ourselves as agents acting both within and between the fields of research, practice, education, and civic life.
The AGENCY projects shown here are about this expanded field; they are instances of crossing boundaries, of seeking new collaborations, and of redefining given parameters and conditions.
Members of AGENCY: Cristina Cerulli, Florian Kossak, Doina Petrescu, Tatjana Schneider, Renata Tyszczuk, Stephen Walker and Peter Blundell Jones, Prue Chiles, Rosie Parnell, Sarah Wigglesworth.