Welsh School of Architecture

Architectural Science Group (ASG)

For over 25 years, the Architectural Science Group (ASG) has undertaken interdisciplinary research on sustainability and the sustainable management of the built environment, from individual components, through whole buildings, to community urban and city scales.

The ASG seeks to encourage individual and interdisciplinary team based research, with clear agenda setting and high impact in relation to current issues in architecture and in response to government, industry and society needs. Much of the ASG's research is closely linked with international and national targets for carbon reduction. However, the ASG's research interests encompass all aspects of sustainability in the built environment and efforts to improve quality of life.

Members of the ASG have pioneered research on low energy, low carbon design and sustainability in the built environment, developing innovative research methods and tools, including computer models, quantitative and qualitative monitoring and evaluation procedures, and scenario foresight techniques.

The ASG has an international reputation, with extensive overseas collaborative links and research projects. ASG aims to achieve international excellence and outstanding quality of outputs from its research activities and to continue to develop research led teaching.

The ASG has more than doubled in size over the last five years (since 2008) and now includes 46 HEFCW funded staff and research assistant/associates. The ASG is home to two of the WSA's research centres:

More broadly the work of the ASG is organised around four Special Interest Groups:

  • Low Carbon Energy and Urban Transitions - undertakes innovative interdisciplinary research on past, present and prospective socio-technical transitions, drawing upon and developing historical and case study analysis, conceptual modelling and scenario foresight tools and methodologies (coordinators Eames & Pearson)
  • Modelling and Simulation - undertakes research, development and application of computer models to buildings and cities, including tools for designers and policymakers (coordinator Lannon & Jones)
  • Building Performance Evaluation - undertakes monitoring of energy and environment performance of buildings and wider concerns of post occupancy evaluation (coordinator Tweed)
  • People and the Built Environment - undertakes investigations of the usability of buildings, health and well-being in the built environment (coordinator Poortinga)

The ASG's special interest groups organise an extensive programme of workshops and research seminars.

Current ASG Projects and Resources

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ASG Membership

Other members of the group include: