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Current Research

School of Architecture

Research in the School of Architecture centres on themes critical to contemporary social and spatial design challenges.

In keeping with an institution that highly values innovative practice and academic research, design-led research in the School of Architecture is integrated with more conventional text-based enquiry. We especially support practice-led and interdisciplinary design research with tangible public and social impact.

Research activity is currently focussed around the following themes:

Architecture & Social Movements examines the practical, conceptual, and disciplinary questions that social movements present to architecture and urban design.

Climate Justice posits that there are no social questions that do not enfold ecological relations and no ecological relations that do not enfold social and political forces.

Intergenerational Cities asks where are the new collectivities of intimacy and care for the intergenerational city if the single-family dwelling and the nuclear and extended family are no longer fit for purpose?

Institutional Forms & Practices studies the diverse spatial forms and social practices of architecture and urban design in relationship or resistance to the institutions and institutionalisations that shape them.

In addition to the research themes, the School of Architecture created the Laboratory for Design & Machine Learning to conduct research into new interdisciplinary forms of designing, evaluation, and policymaking.

We especially invite applications from MPhil/PhD applicants or Visiting Researchers whose research can make a clear contribution to our strategic areas of research.

School of Architecture Research Groups and Labs

School of Architecture Research Projects: Case Studies


  • School of Architecture Research
    Darwin Building
    Kensington Gore
    London SW7 2EU

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