Design, Theory and Practice (DTP)
Group Leader(s): Professor Marcel Vellinga
The Design, Theory and Practice (DTP) group undertakes design research produced inside and outside the discipline of architecture in order to facilitate the advancement of architectural research as a creative practice. The group explores the relationship between the theory and practice of design-based research in architecture.
Members of the group undertake research using methods typically used in architectural design as well as methods from other disciplines including:
- architectural drawing/ modelling/ prototyping
- painting and non-architectural drawing
- film making; photography
- creative writing
- digital fabrication.
The research focuses on places and buildings in a variety of contexts around the worl,d and aims to be grounded in the communities that it tries to serve.
- Architecture (BA (Hons))
- Applied Design in Architecture (ARB and RIBA part 2) (MArchD)
- Architecture (MPhil / PhD / PhD by Practice / PhD by Published Work / Research Degree involving Creative Work)
- Architecture (MArch)
- Digital Craft in Architecture (MA)
- Interior Architecture (BA (Hons))
The research done in the Design, Theory and Practice group informs professional practice and explores the relationship between theory and built form. The projects are wide ranging and look at a broad spectrum of topics, including:
- therapeutic environments
- live projects
- digital fabrication
- cultures of practice.
Using an evidence-based approach, and in collaboration with charities, local communities, industry partners and governments, the research has resulted in the improvement of the nature, efficacy and inclusivity of architectural environments in contexts as diverse as cancer centres, courtrooms, local neighbourhoods and arctic environments.
Professor Marcel Vellinga
Professor of Anthropology of Architecture
|Project title and description||Investigator(s)||Funder(s)||Dates|
Covid-19 has forced radical changes upon the justice system with many trials taking place online from participants' homes, with no one being present in a physical courtroom. Through consultation with court users and the design of new online orientation content, this project addresses the lack of online support designed to prepare members of the public for appearing in court from their own home and to guide them around these new virtual spaces.
|Dr Emma Rowden||ESRC||
From: November 2020
Until: April 2022
The research team focus on the Maggie’s Centres buildings, their internal organisation and social interaction in order to assess the positive therapeutic impact of architecture in the context of a cancer support programme that aims to empower patients beyond traditional hospital settings.
|Dr Andrea Placidi||
From: September 2017
Until: March 2022