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Quality of Research

Welsh School of Architecture

Research Assessment Exercise (2008)

Unit of Assessment Staff submitted (FTE) By percentage, research activity in the submission judged to reach quality standard
Architecture and the Built Environment (H30) 23.30 4star icon 3star icon 2star icon 1star icon UC
20% 45% 25% 10% 0%

The grading system explained

(Overall quality profile in blocks of 5%)

Research Profile

UK Schools of Architecture

Architecture and the Built Environment
InstitutionResearch Power
University College London 151.34  
University of Nottingham 84.60  
University of Bath 67.57  
Cardiff University 64.08  
University of Sheffield A 58.80  
University of Liverpool 51.90  
University of Cambridge 47.03  
University of Sheffield B 35.40  
University of Strathclyde 25.43  
University of Newcastle upon Tyne 18.90  


How this table was compiled

The outstanding research undertaken in the Welsh School of Architecture is making a major contribution towards developing and understanding the requirements for a sustainable built environment that responds to the needs of society.

The School has the most advanced research facilities and computer modelling capabilities available, such as the Environmental Laboratory’s artificial sky, heliodon and wind tunnel which provide scale-modelling capabilities of international standing, enabling research that cannot be undertaken elsewhere in the UK. The School is host to a team of internationally-recognised research staff who bring an exciting mix of design approaches and experiences to the supervision of postgraduate researchers. Funded research opportunities are promoted on the School website as they become available.

Real design projects are carried out in partnership with practice, producing award-winning buildings of national importance. Achievements include undertaking the building physics for the new ‘Lighthouse’ Low Carbon tower in Dubai, the development of a low carbon ‘early’ design tool, a £6M integrated care-home scheme and low-cost rural housing.

Research is organised in two research groups and seven research centres.  The Architectural Science Research Group focuses on sustainability, environmental design and energy use in the built environment. Its research agenda is set by international and national needs and its current work focuses on the UK, continental Europe, China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the latter two countries with the largest ecological footprints in the world.

The agenda for the Architectural History Theory Research Group is set largely by the pursuit of individual scholarship and the group is committed to design as a means of research.

Simulation of lighting conditions on a model

The SkyDome is the Welsh School of Architecture's artificial sky and heliodon facility enabling researchers to simulate using scale models, the lighting conditions within and around buildings.

The School’s seven research centres are:  

The Centre for Research in the Built Environment, designated as a centre of expertise by the Welsh Assembly Government.  

The Building Research Establishment Centre for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment, which works towards improving the performance of existing buildings, human interaction with energy systems, integration and knowledge transfer.

The Wales Energy Research Centre which carries out interdisciplinary research across all aspects of energy and provides an energy research base for Welsh industry.

The Low Carbon Research Instituteprovides Wales with a strategic international research capability for the development of low carbon economies.

Practice, Research and Advancement in South Asian Design and Architecture focuses on the architectural traditions of South Asia and its diaspora.

The Design Research Unit provides a research-based approach to architectural design, urban design and landscape projects.

The Centre for Education in the Built Environment enhances the quality of learning and teaching in the UK Higher Education Built Environment community.

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Learn about research at the Welsh School of Architecture

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