The Power of Words: Grounded Theory Research Methods in Architecture & Design
Grounded Theory (GT) is a systematic methodology used to reveal patterns in qualitative data and to develop theoretical positions or frameworks from these patterns—the theory is “grounded” in the words.
GT is a robust and intuitive approach and set of procedures suitable for a wide variety of architectural research objectives that can be considered and used more often. It can be used as a stand-alone qualitative method or in conjunction with quantitative methods as part of a mixed methods approach. The process for beginning a Grounded Theory analysis is laid out simply with key references highlighted. GT is equally powerful in analyzing existing data, resulting in new answers and unexpected questions.
keywords: Grounded Theory, qualitative methods, participant narratives, research methods, complexity