Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering research

Climate change, innovative and holistic design, and historical interpretation are the fundamental drivers of our collaborative research.

Our research centres and units

As a joint Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering, we promote collaborative research between both fields. This vision is fundamental to our research activities in our four interdisciplinary groups.


Our research impact

We were ranked joint first in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) in the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit of assessment. Overall, 90% of our research activity was graded as either world-leading or internationally excellent.


Building with straw

Professor Peter Walker and straw bale

Professor Pete Walker, Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering on using straw to create insulated and eco-friendly homes in the UK.