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
  • 19th and 20th century architecture
  • 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.

We also supervise postgraduate research students, with subjects falling under the broad headings:

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

Further information

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

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 programmes

We normally advise all prospective applicants to make contact with a potential supervisor from our academic staff or our centre Director, Professor Stephen Emmitt to discuss a 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.