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Our research builds on the Department’s pioneering studies of the late 1970s through the work of the Building Performance Research Unit (BPRU) and Architecture and Building Aids Computer Unit (ABACUS).

Our research groups continue to evolve and are dynamic to reflect emerging issues in architecture, urban design and built environment research. Currently, it is structured around key themes in architectural design, cultural enquiry, sustainability and urbanism investigating how design innovation and technology can transform communities and cities around the world.

Research in architecture and urban design is closely linked to international and national targets for reducing social and environmental impacts while promoting energy and resource efficiencies to improve the quality of life for all. It contributes to Strathclyde’s major new research investment, the Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) and to the University’s Institute for Future Cities (IFC), a world-leading cross-disciplinary centre linked to the Technology Strategy Board’s Future CityDemonstrator and City Observatory.

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Architectural design & conservation (ADCRU)
We deal with the challenges of conserving our built heritage while allowing changes to adapt historic buildings to contemporary uses.

Architecture & urbanism of the global south (CRAUCGS)
We conduct research pertinent to the urban conditions of cities in the global south, exploring aspects of globalisation, authenticity, representation, conservation, and sustainable urbanism

Built environment education & architectural pedagogy  (BEEAPRU)
We explore, experiment, and implement alternative approaches for enhancing traditional design teaching practices while strengthening ties with professional practice through practice-based research and research-based practice. 

Construction law (CLRC)
We engage in research related to the legalities of the construction process including dispute resolution, regulatory enforcement, professional ethics and corporate corruption.

Cultural & historical studies (CHSU)
We research the political, economic and social history of architecture and cities exploring why and how buildings are produced and used.

Sustainable design & technology (CRIDS)
We look at design principles and processes such as advances in computer-aided design and manufacturing, and the development of innovative materials and construction of low-carbon buildings.

Urban design (UDSU)
We engage in research that focuses on the city form, its structure and development in time, the impact on human beings and activities, performance and processes of planning, and formal and informal forms of community inclusion.

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Research Contact

For further information or enquiries please contact :

Catriona Mirren

Further Information

Postgraduate Research

We welcome applications from suitably qualified people to study in any of our research areas.

PhD  3 year full time programme or longer if taken part time.

Industrial Doctorate

MRes ARCHITECTURE 12 months full time, includes taught classes on the development of research methods.

MPhil 12 months full time, predominantly research-based.

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