Architecture technologies and devices research

Explore our work in this area of expertise, one of 7 within our Architecture, Interiors and Urbanism research

Our urban population is growing at an unprecedented rate. Currently, nearly half of the world's population resides in cities, and this number is expected to continue rising. However, the very cities and buildings in which people live are significant contributors to environmental degradation, responsible for generating nearly 80% of all CO2 emissions.

Our focus is on investigating the methods, systems, and policies necessary to make architecture, buildings, and urban settlements sustainable and energy-efficient. Our research centres on how we can effectively plan our cities and design buildings to ensure that green spaces, such as parks and open urban areas, and blue spaces, such as waterfront areas, rivers, and marinas, are appropriately distributed. We also examine the coexistence between the artificial and natural world.

Our exploration spans various technologies and devices at different scales, addressing both the growing need to plan new infrastructure in harmony with nature and architectural technology that enables buildings to function in synergy with the environment.

We collaborate with a network of contacts and organisations to co-create and develop projects that are both theoretically informed and practically applicable.

Our research covers the following topics

  • Nature and Cities
  • Urban Agriculture
  • Architectural Technology and Energy Efficiency
  • Smart Devices in Architectural Environments

To conduct our research, we use a variety of methods, including GIS mapping, photogrammetry, on-site measurements and visits, computational modelling, case study research, interviews, focus groups, questionnaires, and archival research.

Discover our areas of expertise

Architecture technologies and devices is one of our 7 areas of research expertise in Architecture, Interiors and Urbanism – explore the others below.

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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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 and Interior Design Studios Pedagogies

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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Interested in a PhD in Architecture, Interiors and Urbanism?

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