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Architectural Science

A research degree in Architecture (PhD, MPhil) carried out under the supervision of a member of the Architectural Science Group research group with the aim to offer knowledge and expertise for a career in architecture and other areas of building design, academia and the building industry.

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 Architectural Science Group addresses the development, evaluation and application of principles for sustainable, low-energy, low-Carbon design and management of the built environment, on scales from the individual component, through whole buildings, to communities.

The following areas are of particular strength:

  • Sustainable housing design
  • Human interaction with the built environment
  • Urban planning for sustainability
  • Adaptation to climate change
  • Health and comfort in buildings and settlements
  • Responsive facades
  • Naturally ventilated buildings
  • Efficient building services
  • Alternative and renewable energy supplies
  • Low energy and passive heating and cooling
  • Waste minimisation in construction
  • Development of modelling and simulation methods in architectural science
  • Development of design tools and guidance
  • Energy and environmental assessment
  • Building construction processes
  • Research in the design process
  • Integrating combined heat and power use with buildings
  • Energy performance studies of buildings in use
  • Socio-technical transitions to sustainability
  • Low-carbon innovation.


Administrative contact(s)

Ms Katrina Lewis

Administrative contact

We are a multi-disciplinary group including building physicists, environmental scientists, engineers, architects and social scientists who carry out research in the field of sustainability, environmental design and energy use in the built environment.

The work of the Architectural Science Group 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 (coordinator Phil Jones)
  • Modelling and Simulation – undertakes research, development and application of computer models to buildings and cities, including tools for designers and policymakers (coordinator Simon Lannon and Phil Jones)
  • Building Performance Evaluation – undertakes monitoring of energy and environment performance of buildings and wider concerns of post occupancy evaluation (coordinator Chris Tweed)
  • People and the Built Environment – undertakes investigations of the usability of buildings, health and well-being in the built environment (coordinator Wouter Poortinga).

Programme information

For programme structure, entry requirements and how to apply, visit the Architecture programme.

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