UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering



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

Our Vision

Our ultimate goal is to deliver inter- & transdisciplinary built environment research to improve health, wellbeing and sustainabilitySystems thinking is used to understand how different elements of buildings and the wider built environment interact. Our mission is to inform and support decision making to enable transformative change as cities and governments seek to meet climate change mitigation and adaption targets. Our research fits into the wider context of clean energy and net zero carbon. We work both locally and internationally to help cities achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Our core value underpins the notion of equitable and inclusive spaces where people can live healthy and fulfilling lives.

Diagram shows UCL IEDE's interconnected vision, mission and research themes described in this page.

Our research themes

Our specialist expertise covers a variety of interconnected themes related to the built environment including but not limited to:


We use a range of research methods in our research, including:

1.    Measurement, Monitoring & Testing
2.    System Dynamics 
3.    Social & Participatory Research
4.    Urban Modelling & Geospatial Analysis
5.    Building Performance Simulation, Evaluation & Optimisation
6.    Data Analytics, Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence
7.    Building Physics & Mathematical Methods


Find out more about the impact of some of you research through our:

    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.

    Explore our project directory