The research strategy at the School of Art, Architecture and Design reflects our core values and commitment to social engagement and local communities. We have added to this commitment a more specific understanding of our city, London in particular, as a topic in its own right. This has already inspired cross-disciplinary projects and resonates with practice across the School.
Research links closely with our unique studio delivery model, bringing together students and our practitioners, industry leaders and researchers under thematic programmes, supported through projects, exhibitions, screenings and public lectures that share each studio’s research focus. This embedded connection between research and teaching, positions our expertise at the heart of curriculum design and delivery.
We continue to explore and develop its role in consultancy and advocacy for our subjects and research territories. We directly interrogate the potential for art, architecture and design to transform lives, regenerate communities, and question and draw out meaning from our shared material cultures in both national and international arenas.
Each research group or theme provides the intellectual and practice-based expertise and discourse to support the School’s thematic studio model and the supervision of our MA by Project and PhD students. It fosters innovative practice and an emphasis on live projects, facilitated by our Projects team.
Inter-school discourse and collaboration has proved highly effective in building on best practice to ensure a coherent, proactive and outward-facing research and enterprise culture that has a profound impact on the immediate learning environment, the east London locale and wider communities (for example Mumbai, Sierra Leone and Moscow).
Research at the School of Art, Architecture and Design
Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources
An established academic research area investigating low-income settlements in urbanised environments, from degree through to PhD.
An established academic research area that strives to address critical urban challenges through a creative and collaborative approach.
Ecological Architecture and Civic Humanities in Design
An emergent academic research area that provides a focus for interdisciplinary research in the fields of architectural, artistic and urban design practice and the humanities.
In-Public provides a context to develop and disseminate research through public and performative activities, with a particular focus on practices in art, architecture and design.
Making Matters deals with the practices, processes and theories of the creative arts. The Group fosters interdisciplinary exchanges with the purpose of reframing our understanding of the act of “making” and how this may be viewed both as a methodological vehicle and as the outcome of a rigorous research process.
The Centre for Creative Arts, Cultures and Engagement
The Research Centre for Creative Arts, Cultures and Engagement (CREATURE) brings together interdisciplinary research in the creative arts, its practice, cultural impact and societal engagement.
The Centre for Urban and Built Ecologies
The Centre for Urban and Built Ecologies (CUBE) brings together architects, urbanists, artists and designers with collective research interests in environmental, social and cultural ecologies of cities.