The research areas listed are starting points for a conversation …. do come and talk to us via the links below!

Building Information Management (BIM) and Lifecycle Decision Making
What is the potential for BIM to improve inclusion and equality, or flatten the hierarchy, within the design process?
How could BIM be used to develop data to assess life cycle impacts at early design stage in buildings?

Contact Dr Alice Moncaster

Computational and Digital Design
The designer’s mathematical toolkit
Improving cultural perceptions of mathematics through design
Applying digital twins to the preservation of cultural heritage

Contact Dr Iestyn Jowers

Design Beyond Smart
Socio-technical perspectives in sustainable innovation explore the urban environment as a smart, connected infrastructure delivering new innovation and enterprise in its wake. This project critiques the urban ‘smart’ and seeks to develop a typology of wisdom in the made and lived urban environment.

Contact Dr Emma Dewberry and Prof. Matthew Cook

Design Ecologies and Ecoliteracies
There is an urgent imperative to acknowledge Earth limits and respond to our current problems with ecological sensibility. In the shifting landscapes of products, services and systems, we need new wisdom, knowledge and skills to remake the made world in ecologically resilient ways. This project explores how we reimagine and redefine design literacies for the connected ecologies that surround us, and yet, are still invisible to us.

Contact Dr Emma Dewberry

Design collaboration and engagement

Designers work in collaboration with others, not just with users and makers, but often also across boundaries of discipline, expertise, or at the distance. This project investigates the challenges of working across these boundaries and identifies strategies and best practice to support collaboration in design and how we teach and learn to design.

Contact Dr Nicole Lotz

Co-designing futures

We are looking for PhD students to conduct research focussed on co-design, design activism or social innovation particularly in the context of placemaking.  This includes understanding the key conditions that influence collective design action, and the methods and practices that can facilitate it.

Contact: Theodore Zamenopoulos and Katerina Alexiou