RESEARCH AND KNOWLEDGE Exchange in the School of Architecture + Cities is organised into five interdisciplinary research groups and four research centres. The research groups are: Architectural Humanities; Emerging Territories; Place and Experience; Making and Practice; and Transport and Mobilities. The groups comprise staff and PhD students working on common themes who organise their own symposia, exhibitions, mentoring sessions and other events. The research centres are: the Active Travel Academy; Air Transport Management Centre; the Max Lock Centre; and the Centre for the Production of the Built Environment (co-hosted by the Westminster Business School). Research centres include full time researchers working on funded projects.
One of the most important cycles in the UK university sector research calendar is the Research Excellence Framework (REF) evaluations that take place every 6-7 years. In 2021, the School of Architecture + Cities submitted 77 members of staff, 159 research outputs and five impact case studies to the REF, and were rated 7th in the country for research power, a metric reflecting the number of people submitted and the overall quality of research. Our impact case studies were also assessed very highly. This reflects the excellent quality and quantity of research being undertaken in the school.
Since the last REF, higher education research is now coupled with knowledge exchange, which comprises research partnerships with business or community groups, short courses, and public and community engagement events. For further details about ongoing events and outputs by our research and knowledge exchange community visit:
Lindsay Bremner, SA+C Director of Research