Call for Participation "Symposium Design-Related Research"

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The symposium "Design-Related Research" will take place at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) on November 10.-11., 2023. The call for participation is addressed to researchers, doctoral students, and those interested in postgraduate studies within architecture, landscape architecture and urban design. Submissions are open until September 1, 2023.

© Chair of Architectural Design and Conception / TUM

The »Symposium Design-Related Research« invites doctoral candidates and researchers in the field of architecture and landscape architecture, urban design and urban studies to provide insight into the processes and formats of their research and to discuss them. The focus is on the process, the procedural developing and the defining of methods and ways of working. The media with which, and on which research is done, and the format of the work is of particular interest.
How does new knowledge emerge through the genuine ways of working in these design-related disciplines and how can it be communicated through the diverse media associated with them?
An essential part of contributing to this symposium is to document and outline the workflow and process through aesthetic practices and ways of working equal to those with which this investigation is pursued.

For this symposium, we are looking for contributions from doctoral students and those interested in initiating a doctoral thesis, who conduct media-based research using tools and working methods of the architectural discipline – especially those of the design process. The symposium provides a framework for the exchange of well-established, emerging and prospective scholars. It includes a colloquium for the discussion of selected contributions, a forum as a public event and a space for an exhibition and impulse lectures, as well as a workshop for all participants to collaborate and share their insights.

This Call for Participation invites doctoral students and those interested in doing a doctorate to present their work for discussion, to connect with colleagues of different levels of knowledge and experience, and to use the context of the symposium as a frame to exchange ideas, to get inspiration and impulses for their individual work as well as to become part of the general knowledge discourse in this research field.

Selection Procedure
The contributions selected by the symposium’s Curatorial Board. Based on the submitted documents, works will be chosen either for the exhibition during the symposium, or to be both exhibited and presented by the authors during the colloquium.

After the symposium, we plan to assemble different works and positions in a book publication. It offers an opportunity for the contributors to publish their work in a scientific context and to receive constructive feedback from the research community through the peer review procedure integrated into this process.
To apply for participation in the symposium as a contributor, the following must be submitted:

  1. Abstract
    Title of the work, subtitle if applicable. Name and Affiliation.
    Brief description of the work, 1.000 – 1.500 characters, including spaces.
    Guiding questions to structure the abstract are:
    What is the subject of your work?
    Which of your interests is reflected in the work?
    What is the overarching research question?
    What is the focus of your consideration?
    How do you work, and what are the tools you work with?
    What media (sketches, drawings, plans, film, audio, …) accompany your process?
    Which artifacts (architectural situations, architectural design, objects, models, …) are part of your process of working and creating knowledge?
    Which (artistic or aesthetic) practices do you use in your research process?
  2. Process Illustration
    Since the work process is in focus at the symposium, the task is to visualize your progress in work and the development of your project. This representation can – and should – be realized with the working methods, media, and practices of your research and thus fit into the collection of different media and artifacts that shape your research process. This visualization should speak for itself as much as possible by specifying the technique of representation and conveying the content through aesthetic practices. It should be supplemented only by a few keywords that verbalize what is shown, if necessary.

    This process representation clarifies how work is being done and at what stage the work is currently. Illustrations of artifacts or references can be part of the process representation. The research process is conveyed by documenting the actions and procedures of the workflow.

    The depicted period spans the entire processing time of the research work. The beginning and end point have to be marked. The processes preceding the decision to conduct this research are not part of this representation and should only be briefly touched upon if absolutely necessary. Please clarify within the overall process where you currently stand and thus locate your current work status.

    The process illustration should have a format of 110 x 40 cm, landscape oriented. It shall later be hung on a pin board with a width of 120 cm.

    Possible guiding questions for the development of the process diagram are:

    Was there a clear question at the beginning of your exploration, or did you start with a broad field of interest? Can the process so far be divided into clear phases?
    How do you envision the phases of processing that still lie ahead of you?
    Which paths have you continued to follow, which have turned out to be dead ends? When did you take directions that you did not pursue further?

    What is the role of the artifact?
    What is the role of your own work (architectural, artistic, ...)?
    How does the 'medium' you deal with / work with enter your work?

  3. Work and Media
    Please make a meaningful selection of your work’s media and artifacts (drawings, graphics, images, objects, models, videos, etc. and if necessary the references) (max. 10 images). Three-dimensional works are to be submitted in a photographically documented form. During the symposium, these works (artifacts, objects, models, etc.) are to be displayed and discussed on two tables, each measuring 70x140cm.

  4. Positions
    Please make short statements (max. 500 characters) on the following questions:

    Media What do you work with?
    What materials, practices, or other works are the basis of what you do?
    Methods  How do you proceed?
    Which working methods, tools and techniques do you use?
    Format What are you working towards?
    What do you end up with at the end of your work?
    What form/format will your work take?

Please combine all files into one PDF file (total max.10MB) and please name it as follows: Symposium_Surname_FirstName Submission deadline: Please send the complete documents by 01.09.2023 to

We would like to ask you to send us a short notice to announce your interest in submitting a proposal at the above mentioned e-mail address, as soon as you know it.

Call for Participation: 30.06.2023
Submission: 01.09.2023
Feedback: Mid-September
Symposium:10. / 11.11.2023 TUM School of Engineering and Design, Munich (in presence)

The symposium will be held in English.

Curatorial Board
Prof. Uta Graff, Chair of Architectural Design and Conception
Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Ludwig, Professorship of Green Technologies in Landscape Architecture
Prof. Dr. Katja Thoring, Chair of Integrated Product Design
Katharina Voigt, Chair of Architectural Design and Conception
Julian Schäfer, Professorship of Landscape Architecture and Regional Open Space