CA²RE+ Delft event addresses the topic of RECOMMENDATION. The conference builds on the topics OBSERVATION and SHARING (STRATEGIES), COMPARISON and REFLECTION (EXPERIENCES), and REFORMULATION explored at the previous CA2RE+ conferences. REFORMULATION and RECOMMENDATION are together the third phase of the project (FRAMEWORK). Looking back at the various themes, experiences, discussions and questions that came about during the CA²RE+ project, Delft’s event will scrutinize the results achieved so far, striving to draw up guidelines and recommendations for the establishment, introduction, development and evaluation of Design-Driven Doctorate research (DDDr). Building upon the findings of the CA²RE+ network, and upon the experience gained at the partner universities by tutors and doctoral candidates involved in DDDr during the project, Delft’s conference intends to provide a significant contribution for setting out an extended DDDr recommendation framework for all involved interlocutors. In the first place for doctoral candidates, mapping out context and outlook in which their DDDr is and will take place. For tutors and supervisors, charting suggestions and guidelines to guide and coach DDDr candidates. Finally, for responsible heads of programs and decision-makers at universities and administrative bodies, indicating principles and conditions for introducing, implementing and evaluating DDDr.

The focus in Delft will be on which approaches, tools, techniques, methods, testbeds and principles are established and can be recognized as common ground across the CA²RE+ institutions. In which ways DDDr can be distinguished from other doctoral research practices? Can the diversity in DDDr be made consistent in a common frame? Where do we see resemblances and overlaps to other disciplines and research practices? Keeping the emphasis on the doctoral candidates’ lessons learned and the views within the DDDr CA2RE+ community, the outcomes of the CA2RE+ Delft will lay the ground for the drafting of the Charter of Recommendations for DDDr that will be produced at the end of the CA2RE+ project.

The Faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, is one of the largest architecture faculties in Europe and has a specific focus on design-oriented research. Combining the experience of many practitioners involved not only in education but also tied to the culture of scientific inquiry, the research program at the Department of Architecture regards the architectural project as the junction where a complex combination of cultural, social, functional, economic and ecological factors is articulated as a concrete spatial proposal. In this respect, the multidisciplinary character of the education community at the Faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, with diverse fields of expertise, will provide an extensive platform to address design-driven doctoral research. The event will consist of keynotes, panels, workshops and round-table discussions. The exchange between the local PhD researchers and DDDr researchers’ experience combined with evaluators’ and supervisors’ views will form the pivotal axis of the event. The activities will be complemented with discussions on case-specific DDDr learning/supervision presentations.

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