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Design Research Unit Wales (DRUw)

Margam Park Environmental Discovery Centre
Margam Park Environmental Discovery Centre

We were established to implement architectural, urban design and landscape projects from the position of research.

We offer specialised design input for national and international building and urban design projects. Work is carried out in partnership with practice and industry. Projects are shaped through rigorous and critical analysis of all parameters shaping the conceptualisation, development and solution of the project.

We provide a vehicle for cross-disciplinary working, potentially connecting all the research centres and exploring the potential of research based design. We acts both as a ‘seed-bed’ for the development of new fields of research and a vehicle for research application.

We provide opportunities for the best graduates to form the basis of careers in a challenging atelier. Research application through the Unit has produced buildings of national and international standing, leading to publication.

We continue to develop and since winning an RIBA award in 2002 for the Baglan Eco-Factory have grown in numbers and capacity. In the Autumn of 2007 we were one of five short-listed practices for the Young Architect of the Year Award.

Welcome to the future of Welsh Architecture. I am being serious and so are they… Zeitgeisty concerns – sustainability, how to build sharp modern architecture that hunkers into the landscape, rural housing for the elderly – without, and this is the key, without looking worthy.

Tom Dyckhoff, The Times

Contact

Dr Steve Coombs

Dr Steve Coombs

Director of Undergraduate Teaching | Year 5 chair

Email:
coombss@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5972