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, and emerging digital technologies. View current and recent projects >>

Our research

Working with leading academic publishers, CASA is at the forefront of research into the principles of Roman architecture, Renaissance architectural treatises, English Baroque architects and the 20th century architect Alvar Aalto. View books published by CASA members >>

It has led the way in computer applications to research in architectural history, and has participated in national exhibitions at the Royal Academy, Tate Britain and the National Maritime Museum. Recently the Centre has participated in the National Trust campaign to save Seaton Delaval Hall.

It provides an internationally-recognised culture of intellectual exchange and support, conducive to the work of both staff and research students.

Contact us

Professor Stephen Emmitt, Director

Tel: +44 (0) 1225 384722


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Design pioneers

Architectural History and Theory is a traditional area of  strength, and a recurrent focus is on areas in which the understanding and appreciation of architecture and its context can be advanced through the medium of digital models.

CASA's integration of two apparently diverse fields, namely architectural history and computer modelling, has resulted in CASA being involved in the design of major exhibitions on the work of the architects Leon Battista Alberti and Sir John Soane. The work on computer modelling has also developed with the construction of a detailed 3D model of the City of Bath which is used for planning and urban design.

Further information

Academic staff

Visiting staff

  • Robert Aish
  • Peter Hicks
  • Robert Tavernor

Research staff

  • David Rosenthal

Graduate students

  • Ammar Azzouz
  • Andreas Bak
  • Finn Behan
  • Jessica Fernandoy
  • Ioannis Georgiou
  • Odysseas Georgiou
  • John Harding
  • Georg Herdt
  • Sarah Howard
  • Gaelle Jolly
  • Sam Conrad Joyce
  • Harri Lewis
  • Tina Lloyd
  • Robert Mattock
  • Juliet Odgers
  • Ronald Powell
  • Joe Robson
  • Rocky Ruggiero
  • David Scahill
  • Dimitra Stathopoulou
  • Robert Stringer
  • Jingwen Tao
  • Ian Wise

Postgraduate taught courses

CASA hosts the MSc Conservation of Historic Buildings.

Postgraduate research

PhD supervision

We normally advise all candidates to make contact with a potential supervisor from our academic staff.

Information on scholarships and application procedures can be found in the Graduate School site.