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Practice-Based Research: Arthur Chang AIA

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Arthur Chang AIA
principal, NADAAA

Lightning presentation
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm EDT

How do you define practice-based research?
At NADAAA, practice-based research means that we use every opportunity to develop our relationship with the building industry, develop our own fabrication techniques, and invest in new tools.

What is the biggest barrier to practice-based research?
Funding our research is the biggest barrier we face as some types of research we take on have limited subsidies available. Because of this we are looking more and more to industry partnerships.

What is the value of practice-based research?
The value for NADAAA is that the research is integrated into our work and creates a vitality to our office’s greater practice. Research done for an academic project can influence a housing project and vice versa and the learning process is worth everything.

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Arthur Chang, AIA is a Principal of NADAAA. He has been a key part of NADAAA and collaborator of Nader Tehrani's for over 16 years. Chang’s experience in planning and managing all aspects of design projects has led to his work receiving some of the most prestigious national and international awards. Chang has led a variety of institutional and public projects including the Melbourne School of Design, RISD’s Fleet Library, the Research + Design Center at Beaver Country Day School, a new MBTA Headhouse in Boston’s Seaport, as well as a new hybrid CLT/Steel residence hall for the Rhode Island School of Design.