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Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA)

We support and conduct collaborative research in architectural studies from history and theory to design and practice.

Architectural Design, Technology and Construction Research

We carry out research projects at the forefront of architectural design, practice and technology, with academic publications leading to significant public and professional impact. View some current and recent projects here.

Automating Concrete Construction

A curved concrete beam made with fabric formwork

ACORN targets the Construction2025 goals by creating digital tools to design complex-shaped concrete beams, columns & slabs for automated off-site manufacture.

Healthy Housing for the Displaced

CASA researchers Dr Kemi Adeyeye and Dr Alexander Copping are participating in this University of Bath-led project to improve refugee housing around the world.

Architectural History, Theory and Conservation Research

We disseminate research in the form of books, academic journal articles, conference papers, and other outputs, with expertise in several areas of architectural history, theory and conservation. Here are some recent key publications.

Sansovino's Venice

The first English translation of Jacopo Sansovino's 1561 guide to Venice, with a scholarly introduction co-written by Professor Vaughan Hart of CASA.

Building the Modern Church

An AHRC-funded project by Dr Robert Proctor of CASA culminated in this important book on the history of twentieth-century church architecture in Britain.

Research Activities and Events

Besides carrying out our own research and teaching, we also support the international development of scholarship in our fields through editorial work, network and conference organisation and other activities.

Water Efficiency Network

Our Water Efficiency (WATEF) Network brings together people to exchange ideas on water conservation, reuse and efficiency in the built environment.

Study With Us

We encourage strong links between our research and postgraduate study. Our researchers teach on Masters degrees and are committed to nurturing new scholars in architecture by supervising PhD students.

MSc Modern Building Design

Three students work on MSc project in architecture studio

Develop the knowledge of modern building design practice, methodologies and processes sought after by major engineering and architectural design consultancies.

About us

We are a group of award-winning researchers in the fields of architectural history and theory and architectural practice. We publish our work in books and academic journals. Our specialisms include:

  • Classical and Renaissance architecture
  • twentieth-century architecture
  • conservation of historic buildings
  • landscape history
  • architectural practice management
  • integrated design