Research in Architecture and Built Environment
Research within Architecture, Built Environment and Planning has for many years considered the design, provision & assessment of present and future built environments in terms of their suitability to those they're designed for.
It is underpinned and demonstrated both by a practical grounding in the design, production and assessment of innovative, groundbreaking buildings, and through the publication of high level written work.
The research covers four main themes:
An established and inter-disciplinary programme of research into the field of design visualisation in the built environment.
Research into the social, economic and environmental impact of sustainable housing.
Research concentrating on process rather than product in the development of built environments.
Exploring aspects of theory, pedagogy and higher education, which directly influence the future direction of education in architecture and the built environment.
This is undertaken through the completion of research commissions, through undertaking applied and deeply exploratory practice based research, and engagement with our vibrant research student community.
Each theme is interdisciplinary, with individuals and projects often spanning more than one theme as, for example, a methodological development in one theme is employed to solve a problem within another.
key future aim of the unit is to continue to grow this
multidisciplinary expertise, which assesses environments locally,
nationally and internationally. Whilst having a focus on Northern
European environments, our research continues to have international
relevance and build on our international reputation in the field. This
reputation is reflected in our established research partnerships right
across Europe, with organisations in countries including Portugal,
Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Spain, Germany and Holland.
Outwith RGU, staff from the unit are involved regularly in wider debate at both National and European levels, including core membership and participation in the European Construction Technology Platform, the EU Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform and the World Energy Cities Partnership Academic Programme (WECAP).