Our architectural research is driven by the needs of, and directly assists, groups ranging from local communities up to and including international and inter-governmental agencies such as the United Nations through the work of our staff, often our students, our alumni practices and our collaborations with the UEL Sustainability Research Institute.
We are in the heart of urban regeneration activity in East London, our location provides a very contested, socially diverse context that inspires much of our research focus. It acts as a catalyst for convening multidisciplinary research around the critical question of how change impacts community and environment, and how the benefits of that change can be focused and harnessed.
From this catalyst a multidisciplinary research team has evolved that reaches beyond the boundaries of the university campus to co-produce locally contextualised and, most importantly, solutions-based research within multiple knowledge-exchange and innovation partnerships with industry, government, universities and the public.
Whilst shaped by our locality, research outputs resonate globally across the 21st Century's industrialised city and managed landscapes. This includes international collaboration at the EU and UN levels, ranging from major inter-governmental bodies to regional and city councils to small local community groups.
Our work is guided by the principles of "sustain, retain, restore, re-use and transform" which are applied, either explicitly or implicitly, across every aspect of our work. As impact drives our research. We operate on the basis that traditional boundaries are wholly transparent, because genuine action on sustainability requires the integration of social, environmental and resource based actions in defining environment, place and living space, as well as maximising social return on research investment - all within the context of a climate emergency.
The strength of our research comes from partnerships across disciplines both within UEL (environmental science, materials science, architecture, landscape, social science, engineering, fine and performing arts) and beyond. Our transdisciplinary approach to solutions-based research has been central to the success of this research collaboration.
We operate a non-hierarchical, collaborative structure that values all contributors equally, bringing opportunities for our postgraduate students and increasingly our undergraduates to support and benefit from research development, acknowledging that our near-future society will be creating participatory relationships rather than exclusive knowledge.