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Research at the Department of Architecture offers a laboratory for informing education, research and knowledge exchange in the fields of Architecture & Urban Design. 

Our research programme aims to enhance architectural knowledge, whilst having a transformative impact on the built environment and on contemporary architectural culture. Design innovation in collaboration with specialists across the University and in both the public and private sectors is an important focus, as reflected in our research themes: CRIDAS and UDSU

The Centre for Research in Design and Sustainability encompasses research relating to cultural and historical studies, design and technology to deliver a sustainable built environment in response to government, industry and society needs.  It also hosts the Construction Dispute Resolution Interdisciplinary Research Cluster. Research is closely linked to international and national targets for reducing social and environmental impacts (including carbon, waste and pollution reduction) while promoting energy and resource efficiencies to improve the quality of life for all.

The Centre embraces differing definitions of culture, 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. It demonstrates relationships between architecture and fields as diverse as music, literature, politics, economics, media and visual culture.

Architectural Design, Conservation and Research

Cultural and Historical Studies

Sustainable Design and Technology

Construction Dispute Resolution

Urban Design Studies Unit  The Unit does research and consultancy on ecological, urban and economic sustainability, the history of urban design, minorities and the built environment. It is particularly interested in the interpretation of urban form and dynamics as layered manifestations of the complex relationships of mutual change and evolution.



Architecture Research Introduction Trio

Research Contact

For further information or enquiries please contact :

Catriona Mirren

Further Information

Postgraduate Programmes

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

A PhD can be taken in any of our research areas. It is usually a 3 year full time programme or longer if taken part time.


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

12 months full time, predominantly research-based.

Research Urban Glasgow rhc

Research Design Group