The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment is involved in a wide variety of research activities relating to all aspects of architecture and the built environment. We undertake research projects commissioned by the central and local government, government agencies, the private sector and charitable bodies, as well as overseas agencies.
The Faculty achieved excellent results in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and placed it in the top 50% of the 45 submissions in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning. Over 65% of our publications and research effort was deemed to be ‘internationally excellent’ and ‘world leading’. The four case studies of our research impact also scored very highly. This significant endorsement of our research capability will provide the foundation for expanding and enhancing our UK and international role over the next five years.
The Faculty supports three recognised research centres and a number of research groups, all of which have developed an excellent track record in their chosen field. Further details on each are available by using the links on this page to the subject-based disciplines.
The Faculty also attracts high quality research students who are supervised by experienced staff. Further information on the breadth of interests and range of topics being researched is available by accessing the research students’ link.
The six research groups in the Faculty are:
Architecture and Cities
PSI seeks to inform a sustainable future through research on a range of environment and sustainable development issues which are of value in policy, practice and academic domains.
- Particular topics of current interest include
- Innovation and sustainability, with a focus on cities and climate change,
- Energy-environment-economy modelling and policy, with a focus on the role of smart grids,
- Ensuring a socially just transition to a low carbon society,
- Environmental policy and economic performance, especially in relation to sustainable resource use,
- Environment policy and research impact evaluation,
- Understanding, influencing and communicating sustainable behaviours,
- Research translation and knowledge to action activities.
We are happy to discuss any of these topics with potential research students.
Property and Construction
Centre for Urban Infrastructure
This Centre has developed an excellent research record in interdisciplinary approaches to the application and management of urban infrastructure in creating liveable and sustainable cities. It builds on staff expertise in freight and logistics, air, rail and bus transport, cycle movements, infrastructure development, planning and development, housing and urban design, as well as public policy analysis in the UK and abroad. It incorporates the Max Lock Centre, the Highbury Group and the Transport Studies Group.
The Centre for the Study of the Production of the Built Environment (ProBE)
ProBE is run jointly between Westminster Business School and the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment with a focus on interdisciplinary and international activity related to the production of the built environment.
Current research includes:
- socio-technical analysis of low energy construction
- renewable technologies and the energy performance gap
- climate change
- work and the development of thermal/energy literacy
- oral histories of inner city feminist housing activists and direct labour organisations
- labour in the construction industry, including blacklisting and the representation of women
- analysis of construction vocational education and training and qualifications across Europe
- the interface between architecture and labour
ProBE welcomes application from PhD students in these and related areas.