Architecture of Embodiment traces a hybrid methodology that is not defined in advance but results from the coalescence of its enabling elements, which are specific practices in different media. A practice is understood in this context as a very particular form of action, conceived in order to realize certain operations with the object of research that open up specific approaches to it, and systematized enough to be performed repeatedly. A medium is conceived here as a concrete field of action determined by a perceptive modality (e.g. visual, auditory), a coherent set of cultural practices (e.g. installation, field research) and/or a skill (e.g. writing, walking).
The hybrid character of this methodology should not be seen on the level of the single practices—they are radically media- and object-specific and fully autonomous—but on the level of each research cell. Hybridity is therefore an emerging quality, arising in and due to the field of contingency generated by a specific form of coexistence of different practices in one cell.

The objects of most of the practices performed in this research environment are concrete architectural artifacts. Therefore most of the research is developed in direct contact with architectural constructions, and also with the products generated by the various research practices.

According to the basic concept of Architecture of Embodiment, the performance of the different practices does not aim to explain their objects but rather to provide adequate approaches. In this sense the conception of the practices relates to the most fundamental strategy of the phenomenological method: to bracket certain forms of appearance in order to enable other varieties of presence. More specifically, the practices designed and performed in this environment mostly aim to provide an aesthetic, i.e. an immediate, bodily, sensuous, and pre-thetic approach to their objects in order to enable and reinforce cognitive access to the general subject matter of this research environment: the constraints on the emergence of sense through the built environment.