Daniel K. Brown
Mark Southcombe


In professional practice, design operates as both a research method and a final outcome. Academic researchers in design disciplines tend, however, to privilege process.The same conflict is evident in the academic arena, where students often struggle to differentiate design as process from design as the end result. Design in this sense is an iterative process with a contingent endpoint.

This article is an introduction to contents of Chapter I.



How to Cite
Brown, D. K. and Southcombe, M. (2017) “Interdisciplinary and collaborative design at the core of inquiry and scholarly research”, The Journal of Public Space, 2(3), pp. 7–10. doi: 10.5204/jps.v2i3.107.
Chapter I
Author Biographies

Daniel K. Brown, Victoria University of Wellington, School of Architecture

Daniel K. Brown is Associate Dean (Academic Development) and Reader in Design Studio (Interior Design and Architecture) at the School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington. He teaches primarily in the MArch(Prof) postgraduate programme, and has won twelve teaching awards including the New Zealand National Award for Tertiary Teaching Excellence. A 5-year retrospective of his architectural research was exhibited in the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, in the host Italy Pavilion, as part of the exhibition "Reflections of the Future". His primary research investigates how neglected architectural and urban sites can be strategically revitalized by re-establishing critical links to lost environmental, cultural and mythological imperatives. The design installations transform dilapidated or at-risk sites into rejuvenated public spaces by reconnecting them to their environmental, historical and cultural contexts. The resulting narratives are designed to challenge our perception of our built environment as well as its inhabitants.

Mark Southcombe, Victoria University of Wellington, School of Architecture

Mark Southcombe is an architect who studied in Auckland and Wellington New Zealand. He is a Senior Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington School of Architecture, and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects. He is currently teaching architecture design, research methodologies, and is supervising master’s research. He is also a design practitioner principal of Southcombe Architects based in Wellington. Marks research is focused on design led research practices and their application across several fields including architectural fabrication and prefabrication, seismic resilience and medium density housing.