Architecture, Interiors and Urbanism

Explore the work we're doing across our 8 areas of expertise in 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.

Interested in a PhD in Architecture, Interiors & Urbanism?

Browse our postgraduate research degrees – including PhDs and MPhils – and find a supervisor at our Architecture, Interiors & Urbanism postgraduate research degrees page.

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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.

Sustainable urbanism

We're exploring the models, technology and policies that can guide governments and planners to develop sustainable cities.

Sustainable housing at Priddy's Hard, Gosport
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Green infrastructures

We're planning cities that can be both liveable for humans, while not resulting in further decline to the planet's ecological vitality.

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Digital Design And New Technologies

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.

3d printer model of a new building and city
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Environmental analysis and design

Through our research, we're re-thinking the way we build cities, to better react to environmental issues and challenges, such as climate change.

Skyscraper with plants growing up the facade, Sydney
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Architectural and urban history and theory

We're doing research into the history and theory behind how we conceptualise and produce architecture and urban spaces on different scales. Explore our architectural and urban history and theory research.

Exterior of Charter House building in Portsmouth
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Historic Environments and Conservation

We're looking at how architecture, community and creative technologies can play a role in enhancing historic environments.

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Interior design theory and practice

We're investigating how architects and designers might rethink the way they approach interior spaces, by exploring how buildings are used by people.

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Design education

We're researching issues related to teaching and learning within creative and design disciplines, focusing on pedagogy, curriculum, student engagement, and learning theories.

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