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Design, Practice, Materials and Making

Research related to design, practice, materials and making

Members of the Design, Practice, Materials and Making (DPMM) research group engage in traditional, practice-based and practice-led research, with a collective focus on design, practice, materials and making.

Aims

Group members seek to understand material and making cultures, affect processes and products in industry and practice, and explore the intersection of academic and professional domains.

The group supports original, rigorous research through collaboration and knowledge sharing, and connects research within the school to relevant activities outside.

Group leads

  • Conducting design-based research projects
  • Reflection on (and evaluation of) built projects
  • Research with a focus on material performance and properties
  • Development and evaluation of construction techniques
  • Research with a focus on making or prototyping
  • Practice-based research

This year's projects

  • Homes of today for tomorrow: Decarbonising Welsh housing between 2020 and 2050
  • Homes for Future Generations – seven essays and six case studies
  • Barnhaus (built project, Bridgend)

Last year's projects

  • Peter Salter’s Walmer Yard
  • Actions to Decarbonise Existing Homes in Wales

Academic staff

Dr Ed Green

Dr Ed Green

Senior Lecturer

Email
greene11@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5984
Dr Steve Coombs

Dr Steve Coombs

Director of Undergraduate Teaching | Year 5 chair

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

Dr Mhairi McVicar

Reader
Project Lead of Community Gateway

Email
mcvicarm@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 4634
Professor Wayne Forster

Professor Wayne Forster

Professor, Deputy Head of School

Email
forsterw@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 4389
Dr Federico Wulff

Dr Federico Wulff

Senior Lecturer of Architecture and Urban Design
MA AD Course Director

Email
wulfff@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 0307
Dr Sam Clark

Dr Sam Clark

Senior Lecturer

Email
clarksd1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 0415
Dr Julie Gwilliam

Dr Julie Gwilliam

Dean of Postgraduate Studies College of Physical Sciences & Engineering

Email
gwilliamja@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5977

Postgraduate students

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Elys John

Research student

Email
johnes2@cardiff.ac.uk

Ad-hoc research group meetings (approximately quarterly, but recently on hold due to COVID-19).

Key words:

Design participation practice process profession prototyping materials making manufacture methods