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Identity, In, and Through, the Built Environment

Wooden maquettes of houses
Image courtesy of UAL

This research group explores the built or human environment as a living network of communications and interactions between people, buildings, spaces, objects and stories.

The group sees the physical environment as an ever-changing landscape of ideas, needs and desires where identities are formed, expressed and re-formed.

Research addresses various aspects of design theory and practice, in addition to design education and methodologies. It includes experiments in place-making, architectural practice and novel methods to engage visitors in museums, heritage sites and retail environments. The group also looks at the potential of computing-enabled spaces and takes an integrated cultural approach to architecture, urban development and regeneration. It takes a holistic approach to city branding and explores the legibility of cities.

Practice-based research and critical reflections are motivated by, and through, material interventions in the physical environment. Research is underpinned by the need to develop strategies for social, economic, environmental and cultural sustainability.

The group aims to explore several research threads including: people and places; trends and futures; interaction design in a spatial context; curating architecture; the body, space and the lived world; educational models, learning from everywhere; participatory practice and co-design; sustainability; architectural outputs other than buildings.

Group members

Oscar Brito | Melanie Dodd | Sarah Featherstone | Amanda Hopkins | Stuart Jones | Allan Parsons | Adrian Robinson | Andreas Lang | Jona Piehl | David Chambers | Alex Warnock-Smith

Research students

Julia Pitts | Matthew Haycocks | Ryo Terui | Olga Surawska | Adriana Cobo | Valerie Mace | Clare Brown

Activities and outputs