School of Architecture

School of Architecture
Research at UCA

Our School of Architecture has a supportive research culture that aims to inform both teaching and professional practice in the field.

Led by Professor Colin Holden, it is home to researchers who are advancing knowledge in areas from creative computing, computational design and spatial mapping to art-based creative spatial practices, architectural history and socio-political analyses of the built environment.


Our Projects

In four public art projects, Gabor Stark explored the overlaps between architecture, installation and sculpture, and investigated how collaborative art practice can positively impact the creation of civic urban realms. This practice-led research contributes to theoretical and professional discourse about the role of the arts in urban regeneration and participatory placemaking.

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The Isovist app, created by Sam McElhinney, is a free software tool that helps students and practitioners to learn and adopt spatial analysis techniques. The software can be used at all levels, from undergraduate study to advanced research, or in design practice, and is available for download from The research has made a significant contribution to developing the design processes of individual professionals, and enhanced the way in which practices communicate with clients.

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Head to our UCA Research Online platform to browse all our School of Architecture research projects.