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Portsmouth School of Architecture

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Research at Portsmouth School of Architecture focuses on key issues facing society, with emphasis on strategic thinking in terms of sustainable design and the relationships between academic research and communities. The School is committed to the development of cross-disciplinary, original, significant, methodologically rigorous and effectively disseminated research of international standard. The School develops collaborative research with regional impact and global reach.

Most of our full-time academics have practised as architects and designers and some continue to combine practice with teaching, where their practice work supports aspects of learning and teaching in the School.

Our research connects to our teaching. We align student thesis choices with specialist research interests of staff. We are interested to discuss opportunities for research that connect with the development and exploration of excellence in the clusters identified below.


Sustainable Urban and Architectural Design, Low Carbon Initiatives and Materials

This area focuses on the investigation of strategies leading to sustainable cities, from the macro to the individual project. Research in this area include projects in: green wedges in urbanism, environmental design, urban morphology and heat-energy demand, energy efficiency and behavior change, urban resilience, daylight modeling in buildings and urban spaces, visual and thermal performance of buildings, and sustainable development of historic sites. This priority area has direct links with the University of Portsmouth Environment Network (UPEN) and the Future Living Network. The research undertaken in the group is directly linked to the MA in Urban Design, MA Sustainable Architecture and current PhD projects.

Leads: Dr Fabiano Lemes and Dr Silvio Caputo

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Design and Practice

Focused on the relationship between academic research, knowledge transfer, teaching and the local communities, this priority area aims to develop design frameworks, methodologies and theories. Projects in this area include live projects and have a strong focus on community engagement, ranging from research through practice to studies into knowledge economy, digital technology, creative cities and innovation space. The Project Office is a key contributor to this area.

Leads: Martin Andrews and Francis Graves

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Theory, history and context

This priority area focuses on the construction of new historiographical discourses in architecture, landscape and urbanism, the values of social and cultural contexts and the elaboration of theoretical frameworks that inform design-based research. Research in this area includes projects in transcultural design interchanges, paradigmatic frameworks and the activities of the Jørn Utzon Research Network (JURN).

Leads: Dr Karen Fielder and Dr Elizabeth Tuson

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Embodied Landscapes and Technologies

This area focuses on how digital media, new interfaces and tools inform architectural, interior and urban design practices. Some interdisciplinary projects of this area explore the cross-over of architecture and neuroscience, as well as the relationship between body and space, considered through the frames of embodied practices, tacit knowledge and drawing and making.

Leads: Belinda Mitchell

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Pedagogical research

Research on pedagogy and educational issues happen across the different priority areas.

Contact information

Winston Churchill Avenue
Eldon Building
United Kingdom
  • Phone: +44 (0)23 9284 2099

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