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Architecture and Interior Design Studios Pedagogies

Explore the research that defines the rich pedagogical culture in the school of Architecture

The Portsmouth School of Architecture is well-known for its rich pedagogical approaches and effectiveness of teaching. This is linked to the constant engagement of our members of staff with research-based teaching,new reflective methods for evaluating the effectiveness of our practice and ways to engage the learners in this process.

Our research relates to teaching and learning within creative and design disciplines, focusing on pedagogy, curriculum, student engagement, and learning theories. We are engaged with practice based approaches, student satisfaction, employability and contemporary technologies of learning.

Our research is providing new perspectives and data for those teaching in creative fields in higher education. In parallel, it feeds into opportunities for collaboration between the profession, local communities and to the students’ learning experience in the School.

Research areas

  • studio pedagogy
  • work-based learning
  • experiential learning
  • live projects
  • professional development
  • student experience
  • feedback and assessment

Research varies between quantitative and qualitative methods, including narrative, graphic, as well as more conventional educational research methods, such as focus groups, interviews, and questionnaires.


Recent full-length books include Narratives of Architectural Education and Retail Design. More than a dozen recent journal articles and practitioner booklets tend to derive from practice-based or action research projects.

Recent publications


Recent coverage of our work and research includes:

  • Association of Architectural Educators Conference
  • Interior Educators Journal
  • Association of Higher Education Journal
  • Higher Education Advances Conference


Recent funders include the University of Portsmouth’s Teaching and Learning Innovation Fund.

Discover our areas of expertise

Design education is one of our areas of research expertise in Architecture, Interiors and Urbanism – explore more below.

Architecture and Urban Design: Histories and Theories

We're researching narratives of place and the construction of new historiographical and theoretical discourses in architecture, interiors, landscape, and urbanism.

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Computational Culture and Technologies in Architecture and Urban Design

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.

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Architecture Technologies and Devices

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

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Historic environments, heritage and conservation

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

 Historic building in Portsmouth
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Interior architecture and interior design

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

Retro Chair, Bike and Cabinet
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Sustainable Urbanism, Landscape and Architecture Design

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Research groups

Architectural and Urban History and Theory Research Group

We're researching narratives of place and the construction of new historiographical and theoretical discourses in architecture, interiors, landscape and urbanism.

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.