Architecture research

The group aims to provide a rigorous and supportive environment in which researchers can both individually and collectively seek external research funding, manage post-REF resources, provide inter-disciplinary doctoral supervision and post-graduate study. The objectives are to encourage and support post-doctoral research; to originate scholarly publications , to secure research funding to organise scholarly symposia and seminars; to contribute to international research networks and events; to develop applied research as appropriate; to support and mentor new researchers; to support equality of opportunity for all researchers; to ensure appropriate research ethics; and to share work in progress and facilitate inter- and trans-disciplinary dialogue on the themes identified above.


Research in Architecture currently revolves around three main interests:

Critical Urbanism/Urban ecologies

Theories and practices of urban change from the early modern period to the present, seen through cultural, social and political frameworks.

Research active staff in this area:
Professor Bob Brown
Dr Sana Murrani
Dr Nikolina Bobic

The Research group has a guest lecture series with internationally recognized academics YouTube channel.

Contact: Dr Katharine S. Willis, Architecture Research Coordinator, School of Art, Design and Architecture, Plymouth University

Selection of Architecture research publications

Willis, K. Aurigi, A (2017). Digital and Smart Cities. Routledge.

Bradbury S, Partington R (2017) ‘Better Buildings. Learning from Buildings in Use’, RIBA / Routledge

Aurigi, A., Willis, K. Melgaco, L. (2016). From 'digital' to 'smart': upgrading the city. In Proceedings of the 3rd Conference on Media Architecture Biennale (MAB). ACM, New York, NY, USA, , Article 10 , 4 pages. (C)

Bobic, Nikolina (2016). New Belgrade After 1999: Spatial Violence as De-socialisation, De-Romanisation, and Dehistorisation. In Spatial Violence: Studies in Architecture, eds. Andrew Herscher and Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi, 87 – 108. London: Routledge.

B K Satish, J Brennan. (2015), Significance of boundary conditions towards sustainable housing strategies: a case study of Mysore, India, IAFOR Journal of Sustainability, Energy and the Environment 2 (1): 21-40

Murrani, S (2016). ‘Baghdad’s thirdspace: between liminality, anti-‐structures and territorial mappings’. In: The Journal of Cultural Dynamics. London: Sage.

Willis, K (2016) Netspaces: Space and Place in a Networked World, Ashgate (B)

Bobic, N. (2015), 'New Belgrade After 1999: Spatial Violence as De-socialisation, De-Romanisation, and De-historisation,' Architectural Theory Review, 19(3), 2015, 355 – 375.(J)

Bradbury, S (2015) ‘Interrogating the dynamics of regulation in the design of housing’, Architecture and Culture, Routledge, 2015

Brown, R (2015). The Schmitt Problem – Some perspectives for a praxis of inclusive disjunction’, in Radical Inclusivity ed. Krzysztof Nawratek, DPR-Barcelona

Martinez-Perez, A, (2015), Places without memory: a peripheral insight into Madrid’s growth In: Radical Inclusivity. Architecture and Urbanism edited by Dr Krzysztof Nawratek, dpr Barcelona ISBN: 978-84-942414-7-5

Miles, M., ‘Occupying Architecture’s Expanded Field’, Architecture and Culture, vol. 2, 1, 2014, pp. 55-74

Miles, M (2015). Cultural Turns, London, Pluto

Brown, Robert (2014), ‘Transgressing Origins - Dialogical narratives in contemporary Japanese architecture’, in D. Littlefield and L. Rice, eds., Transgression - AHRA Critiques: Critical Studies in Architectural Humanities. London: Routledge, 137 – 154

Miles, M (2014). Eco-Aesthetics: art, literature and architecture in a period of climate change, London, Bloomsbury 

Veliz, A., 2013. Augmented modelling in the design studio: Augmented pedagogies. Augmented reality, art and technology (3): pp 58-63.