Creative Practice Conference – Aarhus 2015

‘Making Research │ Researching Making’ is an international conference for creative practice research.

The aim of the event is to provide a purpose-made forum for making and developing knowledge and understandings of what it means to make research and to research making.

This might include practice research across the wealth of forms of making: composing, sculpting, drawing, crafting, manufacturing; also social, collective and relational forms of making.We are interested in the designed and/or contingent processes of how creative practice research happens, understanding research as an embodied, emplaced, material and social undertaking.

What can be explicated from the art, design and architecture fields of practice about our particular models of making research? Where does making research take place? Who and what can be involved in the processes of making research? How do you, as a practitioner, initiate research within your work? How does research connect and intersect with the processes of making within your practice?


The conference took place 10-12 September 2015, Aarhus School of Architecture

Conference Schedule – Download Final Version

This is a provisional version of the Creative Practice Schedule –  a definitive version with presenters names, and indication on the presentation of exhibitions will be posted shortly.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Albena Yaneva is an anthropologist of architecture with a PhD from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des mines de Paris (2001). Her work spans the disciplinary boundaries of architectural theory, science and technology studies, cognitive anthropology and political philosophy. It has been translated in German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.
Her book The Making of a Building (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009) provides a unique anthropological account of architecture in the making, whereas Made by the OMA: An Ethnography of Design (Rotterdam: 010 Publishers, 2009) draws on an original approach of ethnography of design and was defined by the critics as “revolutionary in analyzing the day-to-day practice of designers”. For her innovative use of ethnography in the architectural discourses Yaneva was awarded the RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding University-located Research (2010).

Sean Griffiths is an artist and architect, acclaimed for his controversial visions of architecture influenced by fine art. In 1990 he co-founded FAT, the influential UK architecture practice renowned for its critical approach to art and architecture. His work at FAT challenged notions of representation, monumentality and authenticity and is exemplified by FAT projects such as the Blue House in London (2002) and the BBC TV studios in Cardiff (2012) and by his recent work, “My Dreams of Levitation” (2015), exhibited at RoomArtSpace in London. His forthcoming work includes a major installation at Ambika P3 as part of the international exhibition, “Potential Architecture” and a lighting installation at Lyme Park, an historic country house in Northern England.

Sean is Professor of Architecture at the University of Westminster and Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University. His academic work forms a key part of his research process and has explored issues around geometry and representation in architecture, chance as a design process and the potential for cross-disciplinary approaches to Architecture Design.

Scientific Committee

Prof. dr. Richard Blythe
Prof. dr. Johan Verbeke
Prof. dr. Marcelo Stamm
Prof. dr. Claus Peder Pedersen
Prof. dr. Tadeja Zupancic
Prof. dr. Kate Heron
Sally Stewart
Dr. Veronika Valk

Organising Committee

Prof. dr. Claus Peder Pedersen
Prof. dr. Charlotte Bundgaard
Prof. dr. Johan Verbeke
Dr. Anna Holder
Hanne Foged Gjelstrup

Important Dates

Submission deadline for exhibition descriptions, workshop descriptions and paper abstracts: 16 March 2015 Extended to 22 March 2015 Midnight
Notification of acceptance: 20 April 2015
Submission deadline for final papers and detailled workshop and exhibition documentation: 1 June 2015
Conference dates:  10-12 September 2015

Conference Venue

Arkitektskolen Aarhus
Norreport 20
8000 Aarhus C
tel: +45 8936 0000


Early registration (before 15 June): 100 Euro
Registration (after 15 June): 150 Euro
Registration ADAPT-r fellows and –partners: 50 Euro
The registration fee includes the conference proceedings, conference dinner and drinks.
Registration at the Aarhus School of Architecture Webshop:

View the report of the first Creative Practice Conference Mediators held at Leuven University Faculty of Architecture Campus Sint-Lucas, Brussels 27-29 August 2014.

Download conference call – updated 16.03.2015