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This paper discusses how architectural design processes can be classified as action research for creating new knowledge. It argues that research work in architecture can be pursued through methods that are appropriate to the nature of problem at hand. Action research is introduced as a research method that has much in common with applied design processes, enabling designers to develop research in the realm of design. Furthermore, the paper aims at providing an overview of parametric software packages presenting the possibilities of applying it in architectural research. The study centres on systematic literature review. Some of the relevance of the application of parametric design in architectural research are cost saving, time saving, user friendliness, visualization of processes, accuracy and repeatability among others. The paper recommends intensive tutoring on parametric design for schools of rchitecture.
Keywords: Action research, Architectural research, parametric design, Simulation