Good architecture embraces a holistic approach to design and as a consequence, the environmental strategies embodied within buildings present considerable challenges. They need to reconcile the often conflicting considerations of climate, building function and user expectation, while at the same time being mindful of energy-related carbon emissions.
Projects in environmental design typically reflect the integrated nature of these strategies and explore areas such as natural ventilation, passive heating and cooling, solar protection, fabric thermal storage, daylight and solar strategies and architectural acoustics. These are intrinsically linked to the tectonics of architecture and considerable potential exists to explore the opportunities offered where these overlaps occur, eg the environmental performance of facades, natural ventilation of high rise buildings, etc. Urban design is concerned with the city as a field of analysis and intervention.
Research in urban design explores the complex relationship between spatial and design issues and social and economic urban processes. PhD topics are defined in conjunction with supervisors and can cover many different aspects of urban design, such as History and Theory of Urban Design; Public Realm; Sustainable Cities; Urban Conservation & Revitalisation; Innovation Environments and Waterfront Regeneration. This course requires a 2:1 or international equivalent and/or a master's degree at merit level or above in a relevant subject, and an IELTS level 6.0 (5.5 in each element). It is usually completed over a period of around three years.
This PhD is based on the Faculty of Engineering. There has been a continuous investment in the buildings and facilities. The computing facilities (complete with the software you will need), building technology laboratories and technical workshop, digital fabrication suite and model making workshop will provide you with additional tools for investigative analysis. The Marmont Centre for Renewable Energy contains research laboratories that are equipped with a variety of technologies including photovoltaic panels, solar collectors, light pipes, wind turbines and ground source heat pumps. The laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for research into passive cooling, heat recovery, solar/wind/ground energy systems, absorption technology, heat pump systems, ventilation systems, indoor air quality and thermal comfort. The Sustainable Research Building (SRB) is designed to serve as an exemplary building, demonstrating state-of-the-art techniques for environmentally responsible, sustainable construction. The building provides laboratory, office and seminar accommodation and the spaces have been configured to support a number of different heating, cooling and ventilation strategies. Integrated technologies include photovoltaics (PV), solar thermal collectors, wind turbines, combined heat and power systems, light pipes, self-cleaning windows and rainwater collection systems. The Millennium Ecohouse is an environmentally-friendly two-storey four-bedroom house, funding and constructed by David Wilson Homes. The building is integrated with PV, solar thermal collectors, a wind turbine, combined heat and power, light pipes, ground source heat reclaim, and a rainwater collection system. It allows more detailed studies under real operating conditions with user feedback. The building was completed in 2000 but research into the performance of the sustainable technologies integrated into the building has been carried out since 2001. The Creative Energy Homes Project is a showcase of innovative, state-of-the-art energy efficient homes of the future. Six homes constructed on the University Park campus will be designed to various degrees of innovation and flexibility to allow the testing of different aspects of modern methods of construction. The project aims to stimulate sustainable design ideas and promote new ways of providing affordable, environmentally sustainable housing that is innovative in their design. Several international companies including EOn, BASF, and Tarmac have provided funding for the project. The Environmental Education Centre (EEC) - design studio - is a complex of three single-storey wings and a two-storey block with a courtyard in the center. The design of the EEC addresses practical issues including sustainability, low maintenance, and low energy. The roof is integrated with 18 kWp PV. The workshop facilities include a model-making facility and a digital fabrication suite with the 3D router, 3D printer and laser cutter.
Support for Postgraduate Research students is coordinated through the Faculty Research Office. Each PhD student will have a main academic supervisor and at least one additional supervisor. Regular formal supervision meetings, usually once a month, will take place with one or both of your supervisors. We also provide academic postgraduate advisors and student PGR reps who are available if you have a query about procedures relating to a research study, are concerned about your progress or the facilities available. All PhD students are enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering Training Programme, this is a structured programme of training drawing on formal external frameworks such as Joint Skills Statement, the Research Development Framework (RDF) and the Research Council guidance. The Engineering and Science Research Council (EPSRC) has recognized our Faculty programme as a sector leading standard of postgraduate research development and training.
- Entry requirements: 2.1 (or international equivalent) and/or a master's degree at merit level or above in a relevant subject
- IELTS: 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in each element)
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Last updated February 14, 2018