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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.


VSimulators facility

Our simulator uses virtual reality projection and a moving hydraulic platform to immerse people in a range of lifelike environments.


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.


Saving structures across the globe

Antony Darby tests the strength of a concrete beam in our structures lab.

We’ve developed assessment and strengthening techniques for ageing concrete bridges and structures. Our guidance is used by consulting engineers worldwide.

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.

Join our team

Whether you are starting your research career or looking for a change, we may have the right opportunity for you.