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We're investigating the low carbon built environment, architecture and its historical and cultural context, design research and more.

Shree Kalyana Venkateshwara Temple near Bangalore

The Shree Kalyana Venkateshwara Hoysala Art Foundation commissioned PRASADA to design a new temple in the complex 12th-century style of the Hoysala dynasty.

The Nagara Tradition of Temple Architecture: Continuity, Transformation, Renewal

An examination of the transformations and renewals of an architectural tradition across a millennium and a half in India to see how past and present can be studied both for their own sakes and for their mutual illumination.

Multimedia animation for 'India: the Art of the Temple' exhibition

A multimedia display is being created for ‘India: the Art of the Temple’, an exhibition of Indian from the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The historic city of Ajmer-Pushkar: mapping layers of history, use and meaning for sustainable planning and conservation

A study in the walled city of Ajmer, and nearby Pushkar, to develop inclusive, informed and sustainable planning decisions for public spaces in historic Indian cities.

Affordable Vertical Farms for the People living with £1 a day (EPSRC Pump-priming)

This project aims to develop Affordable Vertical Farms (AVF) for people living in areas with an income of less than £1 per day.

AHRC funded project: Shelf-Life; Re-imagining the future of Carnegie Public Libraries

Shelf-Life asks if the uniquely controlled procurement of over 2600 public buildings across Britain and America around 100 years ago by the Carnegie Library Programme could benefit from some systematic thinking for their re-vitalisation at a time of crisis.

An Architecture of Invitation: Colin St John Wilson

A distinctive study of the life and architectural career of one of the most significant makers, theorists and teachers of architecture to have emerged in the England in the second half of the twentieth century.

Field Benchmarking and Market Development for Audit Methods in Air Conditioning (AUDITAC)

The core aims of the AUDITAC project are to provide tools and information that will enable air-conditioning system Inspectors, Auditors, Owners and Operators across Europe to confidently identify actions that will save them money, and reduce the emissions of green house gases.

Care for the City: Rethinking urbanism and ethics

Care for the City explores the role of care in the development and management of cities and urban communities.

Correlating maintenance, energy efficiency and fuel poverty for traditional buildings in the UK

The study seeks pathways to demonstrate that better maintenance of traditional buildings could reduce energy costs in the context of climate change.

Developing better outputs from building thermal simulation tools to improve decision making in the design of low energy buildings (EPSRC)

The research focused on the gap that exists between the output information from building performance simulation (BPS) tools and what is actually needed for building designers to undertake informed design decisions when designing energy-efficient low carbon buildings.

Euro-Mediterranean Urban Voids Ecology (EMUVE)

A Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship project looking at the existing voids produced by current shrinking cities along the Euro‐Mediterranean coastline.

Evolving Cities

An exploration of relations between urban form ‘resilience’ and long-term planning, design, development and investment processes.


harmonAC addresses the practical issues arising from the need for regular inspections of air-conditioning systems of over 12kW cooling capacity as required by the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).

Health Impact and Economic Value of Meeting Housing Quality Standards

The Residential Environment Assessment Tool (REAT) was designed to provide a contextual measure of the quality of the neighbourhood environment.


The iSERVcmb project has provided a unique approach to understanding and reducing operational energy use in building services across Europe.

The Low Carbon Built Environment (LCBE)

The Low Carbon Built Environment (LCBE) project brings Welsh academics and industry together to reduce carbon dioxide emissions associated with the built environment.

WEST (Welsh Energy Sector Training)

The WEST (Welsh Energy Sector Training) project is supported by the Low Carbon Research Institute’s (LCRI) Convergence Energy Programme.

The Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI)

The Institute was set up in 2008 with a £5.1 million grant from the Higher Education Funding Council For Wales (HEFCW), to unite and promote energy research in Wales, UK to help deliver a low carbon future.

Utzøn: Inspiration, Vision, Architecture

Sydney Opera House is the most celebrated modern building in the world yet its architect, Jorn Utzøn, has always shunned publicity and remains the least well known of the major modern architects.

Northern Indian Temple Forms: Reconstructing lost origins

The project aims to understand the forms and compositional principles of Gupta and Vakataka temples and their legacies, and the patterns and processes underlying their transformations.


The COST Action TU1104 “Smart Energy Regions” began in March 2012 and will take place over four years, involving numerous European researchers with different expertise and backgrounds.

The Sustainable Building Envelope Demonstration (SBED)

The Sustainable Building Envelope Demonstration (SBED) project is led by the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, in partnership with Tata Steel.

Smart Operation for a Low Carbon Energy Region (SOLCER)

The SOLCER project will help to identify combinations of appropriate low carbon solutions.

Solcer House

The Welsh School of Architecture has designed and built Wales’ first low cost ‘energy positive’ house.

Solar Thermal Absorption Cooling Systems (STACS)

Currently no domestic scale solar thermal absorption chiller systems exist in Wales. This project will involve the design, installation and performance monitoring of such a system.

The Centre for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment (SuDoBE)

The Centre for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment is a joint venture between the Building Research Establishment (BRE), the Welsh Assembly Government and the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff University.

Temples of Ashapuri

Feasibility studies for the recovery, conservation and presentation of about twenty-six ruined medieval temples at Ashapuri.

Temples of Kashmir and the Western Himalayas

This project surveys the formal variations that can be deduced from surviving remains in Kashmir, and trace their continuation and transformations in the western Himalayan representations, while exploring the interaction that took place between the Kasmiri and Nagara traditions.

The Indian Temple: Production, Place, Patronage

A collaboration to consider how temples were patronised and constructed and the place they occupied in a medieval Indian polity.

Culturally Sensitive Healthcare Environments

A study of healthcare arts in relation to diversity and the provision of multifaith prayer rooms.

Classical Dance and Temple Architecture

An exploration of the relationship between dance and Hindu architecture.

Shekhari Temples

Research into the whole tradition of Shekhari temple building with analysis of both the compositional patterns of individual temples and the way in which these evolve.

Vernacular Architecture of Orissa

This project was set up to document the settlement pattern, architectural forms, construction methods and building processes of a number of distinct types of village in Orissa.

Earlier design projects

A summary of some of our early UK based design and consultancy projects.

CircuBED - Applying the circular economy to the design of social housing

Investigating the implementation of a circular economy in cities.

Eco-hammam: Low carbon technologies for lighting, heating and water recycling

Engaging key stakeholders with bespoke low-carbon technologies for lighting, heating and water recycling to sustain a Moroccan heritage