The Housing Research & Practice Unit (HRPU) was established by Professor Gokay Deveci RIBA FRIAS, a chartered architect who holds a professorial chair at the Scott Sutherland School.

HRPU is an architectural design and research laboratory that provides a platform for combining both practice and research in contemporary housing through academia, teaching, and Professor Deveci’s research-based architectural practice.

HRPU focuses on the field of innovative housing design, particularly relating to low cost solutions using appropriate technology and building materials. Professor Deveci’s research-based practice concentrates on the notion of good place-making; he has designed and built a number of housing projects since 1990, including the first ever social housing project in Britain to meet German 'Passivhaus' energy standards. His ground-breaking projects have won a series of prestigious design awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) and the Saltire Society. His innovative housing designs have featured widely in government publications, journals and at major exhibitions.

HRPU also runs a studio unit in the final year masters of architecture course. This year’s unit focused on ‘‘Resilient City and Towns’’, exploring the meaning of ‘resilience’ in the interpretation of and response to contemporary social, cultural and technological trends. The unit also focuses on researching the culture of place and regional identity, including looking at 21st century ‘Nordic’ housing typologies to create places and communities for better living.