School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Industries of Architecture

ARC: Industries of Architecture

About

The effects of new technologies and techniques of practice from performance-engineered materials and performance-based regulation, from BIM to energy consumption modelling are far-reaching for the design of the built environment, and must be addressed from more than an instrumental perspective.  Our building science, practice and management based researchers in this theme, develop tools and technologies, often in collaboration with larger projects and consortia as well as with local communities and partners. Our humanities researchers critically interrogate the histories of these developments, their impacts and the theoretical frameworks we use to examine them. In 2014 we hosted the 11th AHRA International Conference Industries of Architecture: Relations, Process, Production at which more than 150 researchers from academia and practice came to debate these issues, resulting in a publication of the same name (Routledge, 2015) which, amongst other related questions, addresses labour and work in the production of architecture.

Our own in-house Design Office design research consultancy tests these issues through architectural practice, live projects and consultancy with external bodies such as Churchill Retirement Housing, while beyond the conventions of mainstream practice, other researchers explore how the fabrication of architecture alters when non-experts are involved, and construction is based on the materials and skills available.  

Theme Staff

Professor Prue Chiles
Professor of Architectural Design Research and Acting Director of Architecture

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3403

Dr Neveen Hamza
Director MSc Sustainable Buildings and Environments, Senior Lecturer in Architecture

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6033

Laura Harty
Teaching Fellow in Architecture

Dr John Kamara
Senior Lecturer

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8619

Professor Katie Lloyd Thomas
Professor of Architectural Theory and History and Co-Director of Architecture Research Collaborative (ARC)

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5014

Daniel Mallo
Lecturer in Architecture

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5687

Ivan Marquez Munoz
Lecturer in Architecture

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4857

Professor Adam Sharr
Head of School

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 20 87832

Armelle Tardiveau
Lecturer in Architecture

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5687

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