Architecture, interiors and urbanism
Society is changing at a rapid pace and the buildings we use for living, working and entertainment need to keep up. With increasing pressure to tackle sustainability issues, and meet the needs of communities dominated by technology, understanding what the future of architecture and interior design looks like has never been more important.
But in the race to innovate and move forward, it's just as important to remember the cultural significance of the buildings from our past, and encourage the next generation to engage with them. And not just the physical buildings, but the memories they contain and the history they hold.
At the University of Portsmouth, our research into architecture, interiors and urbanism explores the latest methods, technology and ideas being used to build the smart cities of the future – and preserve places from the past. We investigate the digital design tools being used to shape tomorrow's communities, explore the cultural and economic forces affecting our cities, and work to understand the cultural importance of some of our oldest buildings.
We're also looking at how interior spaces are designed, by examining the way people use and interact with them. At the moment, the voice of the community is often missing from the design phase of a building. We're investigating how architects and urban designers might draw, write, and re-think ways to represent interior spaces.
Explore our areas of expertise
Find out more about the facilities and research methods that shape our Architecture, Interiors and Urbanism research, in our 8 areas of expertise. Learn more about our recent projects, the academic and industrial partners with whom we collaborate, and the major funders who fund our work.
We're exploring the models, technology and policies that can guide governments and planners to develop sustainable cities.
We're planning cities that can be both liveable for humans, while not resulting in further decline to the planet's ecological vitality.
We're studying the integration of digital technology and new technologies in architectural planning, urban planning, and sustainability – and how they can impact future design processes.
Our research in this area of expertise is bridging the gap between the technical and humanistic aspects of architectural and urban history and theory.
We're looking at how architecture, community and creative technologies can play a role in enhancing historic environments.
We're investigating how architects and designers might rethink the way they approach interior spaces, by exploring how buildings are used by people.
Interested in a PhD in Architecture, Interiors & Urbanism?
Browse our postgraduate research degrees – including PhDs and MPhils – at our Architecture, Interiors & Urbanism postgraduate research degrees page.