At UCA’s School of Architecture we believe research is fundamental to the pursuit of academic excellence and that a growing international research culture is central to our subjects' development - to generate, communicate, and transfer knowledge.
Within the School there are a number of staff members who maintain a high profile at the forefront of their disciplines through exhibitions, publications, conferences, seminars and work with business and the community. This compliments the University’s vibrant and dynamic research culture. The research activities carried out underpin the quality of learning and teaching, fostering an atmosphere of critical enquiry and strengthening our academic profile nationally and internationally.
Here are just a few examples of some research carried out by our staff:
With interests in design, visual art and public space, John’s research deals with spatial occupation, with particular reference to digital technologies as enablers for both analysis and production. John is on the supervisory team for research students at UCA. John is currently working on a Digital Futures Lab project which enables students to use new digital tools and technology such as new 3D scanning for design and fabrication.
Gabor studied architecture at the Technical University Berlin and at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow. Research agendas comprise temporary uses, landscape development, regional planning and programmatic urbanism. Gabor taught architecture and urban design as a guest lecturer and assistant professor in Berlin before he joined the Canterbury School of Architecture in 2007. Gabor is currently working on a Temporary Urbanism project, which explores people using public places in informal ways.
Lara Rettondini is an architect and artist, graduated from Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia, in Italy (Venice). She holds a Master degree in Architecture and Urban Studies and an MA in Fine Art. Lara has taught in different capacities at UCA since 2007 where she is now Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design course. Lara’s research interests include architectural practice, visual arts and architectural pedagogy. She researches on contemporary culture and the systems that structure and determine social behaviour through her own art practice.