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Centre for Urban Design, Architecture and Sustainability

School of Art, Design and Architecture

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About the Programme

The overarching ethos of CUDAS is that design informs all aspects of academic research of the built environment, whether in the historical, cultural, theoretical or environmental contexts.

Urban Futures and Design Lab

– Dr Ioanni Delsante
Urban Futures and Design Lab is a research group at the University of Huddersfield. It is based on a truly interdisciplinary approach that challenges disciplinary boundaries.

Areas of Research

• Investigate recent and un-explored urban trends in Europe, Asia, Middle East, Global South and US.
• Focus on complex urban regeneration processes, dealing also with policies and practices
• Use advanced theoretical knowledge and analytical methods
• Challenge disciplinary boundaries in between urban design, landscape, urbanism and architecture
• Take advantage of multi-scale approaches, from regional to city and district scale multi-dimensional analysis, taking into consideration history and development of urban forms and spaces, landscape and infrastructures, topography, geography, environmental concerns
• Use Well-being and health as key drivers in urban transformations

Architectural Humanities

– Professor Nicholas Temple
Professor Temple has been a dedicated researcher and teacher in the field of architectural humanities for over twenty years, with specific research interests in the history and philosophy of European architecture and urbanism.

Current areas of research interest include the following:
• Historical Connections between Architecture and Linguistics
• Relation between Intellectual History, Architectural Theory and Design
• Architecture and Landscape between Europe and the Orient
• The Architectural Treatise and Developments in Design Education
• Pedagogy in the Design Studio
• Relation between Architectural Education and Practice

Sustainable Environments and Practice

– Professor Adrian Pitts
Professor Pitts has been at the forefront of developing teaching in the areas of sustainable environmental design and energy efficiency for over 20 years and at three different Universities. He has also led numerous research projects concerned with sustainable and green design and has a particular interest in design quality with practical outcomes.

The Sustainable Environments and Practice group is active in research, teaching and consultancy activities that address issues of achieving sustainable design solutions and which apply understanding through practice. We particularly focus on research that recognises the inter-relationship between buildings and the environment (both internal and external) and also the impacts of the environment through climate change on buildings and their occupants. At the heart of our group's work is the enhancement of design quality in challenging situations and which delivers benefits of comfort, productivity, and resource efficiency.

There is also a broader international context in which we investigate and support sustainable and ‘green' solutions to the modern problems of urbanisation and resource limitations. The internal environment of buildings is also a major research theme – both from practical and immediate assessment perspectives and also from longer-term design optimisation.

Postgraduate Research Study through the Centre

We invite research degree applications on the above research themes, in addition to projects which you feel may resonate with the aims and objectives of our centre. Within the School of Art, Design and Architecture we have a range of PhD programmes (both full-time and part-time). For further details, please follow the links below. Do please get in touch to talk through any ideas you may have about undertaking postgraduate research study with us.

Named Director for PhD projects – Professor Nicholas Temple
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Funding Notes

The PhD opportunities on this programme do not have funding attached. You will need to have your own means of paying fees and living costs and / or seek separate funding from student finance, charities or trusts.

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