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We are a leading-edge centre for research in architecture and urban design. Design creativity, technology and innovation are central to the transformation of communities, cities and nations. Our research is structured around key themes in architectural design, sustainability and urban design. 



Research 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.  Our research units embrace differing definitions of design, culture and technology, researching the history and theory of buildings and cities, examining how and why they are produced and used, their conservation, representation and the meanings we attach to them. Our research interests and expertise reflect the multi-disciplinary nature of architecture and urbanism, focusing on social engagement with real-world problems. 

The Department has forged strong links with industry, has numerous European and international connections, and a capability to undertake multi-disciplinary research that integrates sustainable design, engineering & technology, cultural enquiry and creativity within a world renowned Engineering Faculty. We are in a position to facilitate meaningful research links to Strathclyde University’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 City Demonstrator and City Observatory.



Centre for Research in Design and Sustainability
Architectural Design and Conservation
Construction Law
Cultural and Historical Studies
Sustainable Design and Technology

Urban Design
Urban Design Studies Unit



Architecture Research Introduction Trio

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.

Research Urban Glasgow rhc

Research Design Group