This means we need a better and more thorough understanding of both 1) technology and 2) the environment. At this moment, we really have neither. What are the biological and ecological foundations of nature? What are the direct and projected implications of technology?
This means that this field of study is inherently empathetic and extroverted. It is always beneficial to look outward and stay curious.
Architectural "research" is more about making internal observations that motivates your design and agenda. It is not traditional "research" persay, but a personal reflection of ongoing trends and events.
Clients are most convinced by images and excel sheets to describe and communicate projects. Because words are difficult to imagine and to quantify, our tools of trade (drawings, tables, diagrams) empower us to make convincing qualitative and quantitative arguments.