School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Ecologies, Infrastructure, Sustainable Environment

ARC: Ecologies, Infrastructures and Sustainable Environments


At a time when the impacts of industrialization have caused climate change and social inequality on an unprecedented global scale we can no longer afford to consider the built environment in terms of the single discrete building, the block or even the city. New ecological paradigms challenge both the techniques with which we examine and analyse the environment to accommodate the complex interactions of physical and social forces, and the kinds of objects that we study from dissipative structures to vast infrastructural projects. These range from such as Turkey’s first mega-dam considered in Zeynep Kezer’s work as part of a strategy for state penetration in East-Central Turkey to the smaller infrastructural spaces of the motorway service station interrogated in Sam Austin’s work.

Ecological research extends from Rachel Armstrong’s studies of environments from the endangered Venice lagoon to outer space, to Carlos Calderon’s modelling of the city as an energy system. Neveen Hamza’s work looks at the triangulation between architectural design, environmental psychology and building energy modeling, while Graham Farmer considers social sustainability through low-tech practices and small-scale innovations such as up-cycling.

Theme Staff

Professor Rachel Armstrong
Professor of Experimental Architecture

Telephone: +44(0)191 2085752

Dr Samuel Austin
Degree Programme Director BA (Hons) Architecture


Dr Neil Burford
Reader in Architecture

Telephone: 0191 208 2415

Dr Carlos Calderon
Senior Lecturer; Degree Programme Director of MRes in Urban Energy, Technology and Policy; Senior Tutor (Architecture)

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6025

Professor Graham Farmer
Professor of Architecture / Director of Architecture

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5623

Simone Ferracina
Research Assistant

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4744

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

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6033

Dr John Kamara
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8619

Dr Zeynep Kezer
Senior Lecturer in Architecture

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6030

Theme Projects