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Architecture, Building & Planning PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 146 Architecture, Building & Planning PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

The field of Architecture, Building, and Planning stands at the meeting of creativity, technology, and sustainability, playing a pivotal role in shaping our built and natural environments. A PhD in Architecture, Building, and Planning offers candidates the opportunity to engage in in-depth, original research within this multifaceted discipline.

This advanced level of study allows students to explore specific questions related to the design, maintenance, and sustainable development of urban infrastructures, landmarks, residential areas, and natural landscapes. By undertaking a rigorous investigation into these areas, PhD students contribute to the innovation and evolution of architectural and planning practices, ensuring they meet contemporary needs and future challenges.

Why complete a PhD in Architecture, Building, and Planning?

Pursuing a PhD in Architecture, Building, and Planning empowers individuals to embark on a journey of specialised research that has the potential to redefine our understanding of how built and natural environments can coexist harmoniously. These research degrees enable students to meticulously investigate the nuances of architectural design, urban planning, sustainable development, and environmental conservation.

The ultimate goal is to uncover new knowledge and innovative strategies that advance the field, promote sustainability, and enhance the quality of life within our communities. Through their contributions, PhD graduates become instrumental in leading the way towards more resilient, sustainable, and aesthetically pleasing urban and rural landscapes.

In terms of employment, a doctoral degree in this discipline unlocks a number of career opportunities, both within academia and the wider industry. Graduates are equipped with the specialised knowledge and research skills necessary for roles in architectural firms, urban planning agencies, government bodies, environmental organisations, and academic institutions. Their research can directly influence policy making, architectural standards, and planning practices, bridging the gap between theoretical insights and practical application.

The ability to comprehensively analyse complex systems, coupled with a deep understanding of sustainable design principles, ensures that PhD holders in Architecture, Building, and Planning are highly sought after for their expertise in creating spaces that are not only functional and sustainable but also enrich the human experience.

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Low carbon retrofit performance monitoring

The successful candidate will join the Housing Research Group with Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Research Institute (BEST) and work closely with Dr Hu Du and Professor Michael Riley at Liverpool John Moores University to evaluate the performance of a range of low carbon retrofit solutions to be installed on LJMU Exemplar houses by Wienerberger Ltd. Read more

Scalable Drone and AI Solutions for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management

Research activities at the Drone Systems Lab ( are focused on developing intelligent drone-based systems to reliably measure plant biodiversity and ecosystem health. Read more

Spatial Analysis and Augmented Reality

In this project, we explore how spatial analysis techniques traditionally used in architecture and urban planning can support authoring, implementing, and evaluating building-scale immersive augmented reality experiences.  . Read more

Investigation of the maximum allowable mud pressure during Horizontal Directional Drilling (Ref: ABCE24/RI1a)

Excessive mud pressure can endanger stability of horizontal boreholes and the success of drilling and reaming processes during Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) which is one of most important pipe installation methods using in Trenchless Technology. Read more

Improving public engagement on disruptive green technology projects (Ref: ABCE24/SC4a)

The British Energy Security Strategy (HM Government, 2022) has earmarked public investment to fund a range of green technology projects, including small modular reactors (SMR), hydrogen, wind and solar. Read more

Classifying net zero strategies in construction projects and the extent of their effectiveness (Ref: ABCE24/SC3a)

The UK’s built environment is responsible for around 25% of the UK’s greenhouse emissions. Still, as a sector, it offers credible opportunities to mitigate the impact of climate change by applying net zero strategies, circular economy principles and other measures. Read more

Fire performance and durability of integrated engineered timber products (Ref: ABCE24/SC2a)

Engineered timber products have greatly increased the scope of structural projects that can be realised in timber; however, revised building regulations post-Grenfell, based on perceived risks surrounding fire safety, further restricted the allowable scale of timber buildings, thus impeding efforts to decarbonise construction. Read more

Quantifying the Impact of Digitalisation and Automation on Infrastructure Resilience (Ref: ABCE24/DT2a)

Transport infrastructure is vital for economic development and societal well-being. However, its operability and functionality are continuously challenged by aging, increasing demand, and interdependencies with other networks. Read more

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