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Our research is original, influential and relevant to the biggest practical and scientific challenges facing industry, policymakers and academia.

Diagram showing the overlaps and interconnections between our Institute's research themes; Light & Lighting; Acoustics & Soundscapes; Systems thinking; Energy, Moisture & Air Quality with Health, Wellbeing and Sustainability in the middle

Our researchers work across four interacting research themes to complete world-class environmental design and engineering research projects. Our ultimate goal is to deliver interdisciplinary built environment research to improve health, wellbeing and sustainability. Our specialist expertise in temperature, moisture and air quality, light and lighting, and acoustics and soundscapes is underpinned by systems thinking to understand how different elements interact to create buildings and spaces where people can live healthy, fulfilling lives. We use a range of methods in our research, including performance modelling and analysis.

We have received three successive EPSRC Platform Grants, while in the last national Research Assessment Exercise our Faculty, The Bartlett, was awarded the most of 4* (world-leading) project ratings among architecture and built environment submissions from UK universities.


Themes

health wellbeing and workplace
Health, Wellbeing and Sustainability

This research theme supports human health and wellbeing by investigating relationships between people, spaces, buildings, and the natural environment.

UKCMB Moisture
Energy, Moisture & Air Quality

Aiming to improve the design, operation and environmental quality of buildings to address complex and sometimes ill-defined and conflicting design issues.

MSc Light and Lighting
Light & Lighting

Studying a range of lighting applications from daylight in buildings to roads at night - discovering all there is to know about how people interact with the lit environment.

Acoustics Soundscape
Acoustics & Soundscapes

This research theme is about how sound propagrates in urban areas, in buildings, and in rooms; how sound can be controlled, designed, and engineered and how people interact with sound.

People in park in Singapore
Systems Thinking

The Systems Thinking approach tackles grand challenges in an integrated way, focusing on non-linear and long-term effects, complex evolving dynamics, and the factual realities of living in an uncertain world.


Methods

We employ four main types of research method across all our projects and themes:


Impact

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Project directory

Through our research we tackle some of the fundamental built environment issues facing society. Explore our project directory to discover the array of past and present research projects undertaken by the Institute. 

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