Danni Kerr

School of Architecture

PhD Research Student

Danni Kerr

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Danni Kerr
School of Architecture
Arts Tower
Western Bank
S10 2TN

I am Chartered Architect with experience on a wide range of project and practice scenarios including my own practice. My professional experience encompasses guitar making, industrial research, data analysis and science teacher.

I am an FHEA and PGCE qualified Teacher with a passion for developing sympathetic and relevant approaches to integrated architecture. My experience in teaching architecture spans from 2002 with part-time roles at Schools of Architecture in Yorkshire, including as an external reviewer; most recently as a University Teacher at the Sheffield school of Architecture.

At SSoA, I have worked closely with colleagues to develop, deliver and assess a range of course components at undergraduate and masters levels. My SSoA roles have included: BA Architecture construction tutor and structures lecturer; masters (MAAD) studio leader/co-leader (Prototype Cities, Discovering the Temporal Fabric, Components of the System, Objects for the People, Collaborative Practice).

Participating in schools outreach with the RIBA and the SSoA to develop and deliver inspiring workshops to connect children to meaningful creative pursuit. I am a role model for the RIBA regular speaking on professional and campaigning platforms to raise awareness of inclusion in architecture and society.

I am a final year PhD candidate at SSoA where my academic trajectory builds on my deep interest in 'design for time', research by design' and 'grounded approaches to research, where I employ multi-modal methodologies consistent with the integrative nature of thinking and practice in architecture. Key aspects of my research are collaborative making, teaching and learning workshops and presentation of papers at conference (SSoA/Goldsmiths - Identity, SSoA - Manifestos 1, SHU - Research Matters, SSoA - Manifestos 2) and internal symposiums. I am a founding member of the on-going SSoA Manifestos conference series.

As an architect, teacher and academic I am professional, enthusiastic and always aim to deliver quality outcomes.

Research interests

Project title: 
Grounded Approaches to 'Design for Time' in Architecture

Project outline: 
Previous research and scholarship has explored 'design for time' in the contexts of architectural practice and education. The focus has been on: observations of change in buildings and building use through case studies to support theoretical frame development; or the expression of theoretical ideas through conceptual design projects.

These provide a fragmented insight for architects and students of architecture. Case study looks to prior experience which is a sensible learning strategy but tends to an expansion of competing frames expressing patterns rather than a resolution to fundamental temporal principles which acknowledge causality. Conceptual projects acknowledge design as a forward thinking, causal and contingent process but similarly avoid comprehensive mapping adding to the fragmented outlook in this topic.

This raises the research question, is there a comprehensive and coherent frame for ‘design for time’? Consequently how can we find it, what can it look like, and what are its components? The research more directly examines the design process in application. If design thinking is embedded in the design process, then application is where ‘design for time’ must be found. Therefore this research uses ‘research by design’ to extend a frame for temporal theory in architecture. The frame has potential as a mapping tool for: for architects practicing ‘design for time’; causal analysis between the episodic lives of buildings and context including human agency for academics and students.

If ‘design for time’ is embedded in temporally rich projects then participation, observation and reflection of temporally rich projects can enable principles of ‘design for time’ to emerge. Therefore the grounded approaches consist of a multi-modal program of participatory ‘research by design’ projects. The modes are: prototyping and implementing; interviewing and mapping; and a dialogic workshop - each reflecting a leg of architecture: design research; professional practice; and learning by talking and doing.

Primary supervisor: 
Professor Renata Tyszczuk

Dr Krzysztof Nawratek

Date started: 08/10/2013

Research group

Space, Cultures and Politics