The growing interest in performance-based architecture energizes our discipline to engage in rigorous research. What is the place of research in the discipline of architecture? Where does research enter into the practice and pedagogy of architecture? How do architecture schools teach research methods and engage students in meaningful investigations? How do practices conduct research and apply findings in the design process? How does society recognize the importance of research in architecture? What funding sources exist for architectural research? What is the place of pure research? … applied research? Multiple questions emerge in our diverse field. A focus on seven modes of research begins to reveal the scope of the discipline. Environmental Research investigates the physical context of architecture, opening timely questions about the influence of society on environment. Cultural Research studies place-making and the norms of the inhabitants of natural and built places past, present, and future. Social Research examines the people who inhabit and use the spaces of architecture. Technological Research studies the physical materials, methods, elements, systems, and science of architecture and the design and construction processes. Design Research considers the processes of shaping and making of places. Organizational Research examines the ways in which individuals and teams collaborate in the practice of architecture and in the client organizations. Educational Research examines the pedagogies of architecture and related fields. Unifying our discipline is the underlying concern with the research of place. The mission of this international research conference is to consider significant and rigorous investigations that will engage participants in dialogue about the place of research and the research of place in the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and related fields.