Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA)

Ionic processThe Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA) supports collaborative research crossing the boundaries between:

  • architectural history and theory
  • contemporary design and urbanism
  • archaeology and conservation
  • digital technologies
  • design management
  • integrated design and practice.

Our academics hold Visiting Professorships at universities around the world. We have a strong track record of invited keynote presentations at international conferences, and are engaged in public dissemination via exhibitions and events. We are also involved in a variety of externally funded projects.

Contact us

Director: Prof Stephen Emmitt
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 384722

Our research

CASA is at the forefront of research into many areas of architecture, including

  • principles of Roman architecture
  • Renaissance architectural treatises
  • English Baroque architects
  • architectural guides to Bath
  • architectural technology
  • design management.

The Centre is home to the international journal, Architectural Engineering and Design Management. Our work is published in leading academic journals and with leading international book publishers. We are recognised for our expertise in book publishing and many of our monographs on celebrated architects and epochs have been shortlisted for, and won, major book prizes.

CASA is active in organising public exhibitions and international conferences. Its integration of two apparently diverse fields, namely architectural history and computer modelling, has resulted in members being involved in the design of major exhibitions on the work of the architects Leon Battista Alberti and Sir John Soane.

Further information

Academic staff

Visiting staff

  • Robert Aish
  • Peter Hicks
  • Robert Tavernor

Research staff

  • David Rosenthal

Graduate students

  • Keith Andrews
  • Ammar Azzouz
  • Shajay Bhoosan
  • Cecilie Brandt-Olsen
  • Evelyn Bridge
  • Qiang Chen
  • Michael Graham
  • Robert Grover
  • Michael Heaton
  • Sarah Howard
  • Farhat Hussain
  • Kagiso Jobe
  • Yoichiro Kunieda
  • Dominique Lazanski
  • Christopher Lewin
  • Mariana Loi
  • Robert Mattock
  • Antonella Merletto
  • David Minns
  • Dragos Naicu
  • Susan O'Conner
  • Juliet Odgers
  • David Pearce
  • Frances Josephine Robertson
  • Enrique Soriano
  • Lu Tong
  • Mike Tonkin
  • William Guy Martin Wood
  • Wenjun Xie
  • Xingchen Zhang
Event Date Location
Capability Brown: perception and response in a global context September 2016 Bath
Integrated Design International Conference @ 50 June 2016 Bath
Destins Croisées: Wellington and Napoleon Exhibition March 21 to July 31, 2015 Belgium

Postgraduate taught programmes

There is a strong link between our research and postgraduate taught teaching, covering both our existing building stock and our future built environment. The Centre hosts:

Postgraduate research

PhD supervision

We welcome applications in a wide range of subject areas within architecture, including:

  • Architectural history
  • Conservation of historic building and gardens
  • Architectural tectonics and computer modelling
  • Integrated design and architectural practice.

We normally advise all candidates to make contact with a potential supervisor from our academic staff or our centre Director, Professor Stephen Emmitt to discuss your research proposal before applying.

As well as full-time and part-time routes, we also offer an innovative practice-led PhD - Collaborative Research in Engineering, Architecture, Technology and the Environment (CREATE) - aimed at mid-career professionals. For more information, download our brochure [pdf].

Information on scholarships and application procedures can be found on our Graduate School pages.