The Faculty supports a strong research culture across all subjects with an interest in architecture and the built environment. Our location in central London means that we have excellent contacts with industry, government, research agencies and consultancies. We are actively engaged in cutting-edge research in many aspects of architecture, planning, tourism, property and construction, and transport and logistics.
We are funded by UK research councils, the European Union, the British Government and charitable organisations, such as the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. In the Research Assessment Exercise in 2014 our submission achieved a high proportion of research of international significance and we generated research income of over £4 million. The breadth of interdisciplinary research carried out is our main strength: developing green travel plans for freight and other forms of transport, assessing the impact of the night-time economy on city centres, evaluating the impact of major sporting events, social tourism, and major applied studies in planning, housing and urban design. Research students are fully engaged with staff and contribute to the thriving research culture.
The Policy Studies Institute is a unique research centre, established in the 1930s, which specialises in the evaluation of policy relating to the environment and sustainable development. The Max Lock Centre is directly engaged in research in developing countries relating to planning and community asset management.
Staff have an excellent reputation for publishing books, journal articles and producing drawings and other artefacts and regularly run seminar series relating to both professional subject areas and interdisciplinary and innovative approaches. The Faculty has established a number of international collaborative arrangements with universities in Europe, China, India and Australasia.