Sustainable Architecture and Built Environment: buildings and cities

Research in The Lincoln School of Architecture and the Built Environment

Research in The Lincoln School of Architecture and the Built Environment is undertaken through three overlapping research themes.

Staff work collaboratively across the themes, with other schools within the University, and with other institutions nationally and internationally.

For information about research in the School please contact Prof Behzad Sodagar, Director of Research.

Research themes

Construction Science: technology, materials and management‌

Researchers within this theme are engaged in work that addresses innovation in construction science, contemporary and traditional building materials and techniques, fabrication efficiency and the management of building processes.

Key areas:

  • Environmental design
  • Construction science and technology
  • Energy, carbon and buildings
  • Integration of structure, services and fabric
  • Health, comfort and wellbeing
  • Renewable energy and smart grids
  • Material innovations
  • Conservation of heritage buildings
  • Digital engineering
  • Building Information Management
  • Procurement of sustainable buildings
  • Modern Methods of Construction
  • Population dynamics and the built environment
  • Ecology and natural architecture
  • Lean Construction
  • Construction Procurement Systems
  • Supply-Chain Management

For further information contact: Prof Stephen Pretlove

Culture, Society and Space

This research theme is concerned with relationships between the cultural, social and spatial characteristics of built environments and communities. This work includes analysis of the spatial morphology of informal settlements, which are a growing global phenomenon. This theme is also concerned with the health and wellbeing of societies, with an emphasis on the challenges facing an increasingly aging population.

Key areas:

  • Space Syntax: theory and modelling
  • Spatial morphology of buildings and cities
  • Informal settlements
  • Refugee settlements
  • African traditional architecture
  • Low income housing
  • Theories of architecture and urbanism
  • Place making
  • History of architecture and urban design
  • Cultural heritage
  • Urban regeneration
  • Social meaning of built environments
  • Vernacular architecture
  • Architecture and material culture
  • Houses and households
  • Building types and built forms
  • Spatial agency
  • Aging population

For further information contact: Prof Glen Mills


Sustainable Architecture and Built Environment: buildings and cities

The focus of this research theme is theoretical and applied research concerned with reducing the environmental impact of buildings and cities to safeguard the environment as well as to enhance the health and wellbeing of people.

Key areas:

  • Sustainable design and construction
  • Sustainable planning and development
  • Low energy building design
  • Building performance analysis
  • In situ thermal measurements and monitoring
  • Post occupancy evaluation
  • User comfort and satisfaction
  • Whole life cycle assessment of buildings
  • Energy management and carbon foot printing
  • Eco-refurbishment/conversion
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Data Integration Design (Big Data and the Internat of Things)

For further information contact: Prof Behzad Sodagar