This new and innovative research centre brings together architects, urbanists, filmmakers, curators and other cultural practitioners from around the world to work on expanded notions of architecture that engage with questions of culture, politics, conflict and human rights.
The aim of the centre is to give rigorous tools for urban research and practice to a variety of practitioners from various backgrounds. The work of the centre is based upon the idea of “practice led theory”. Students will pursue individual projects and undertake research and writing that incorporate contemporary Critical Theory, Philosophy and Cultural Studies.
Rather than merely supporting the productive process of architectural constructs, this process involves itself in radical critique of its nature.
Funding opportunities for MA in Research Architecture and MPhil/PhD in Research Architecture:
Please see below for details of funding available to Research Architecture students. All details, deadlines and how to apply are available from the following link:
Department Bursaries (for MPhil/PhD candidates)
AHRC funding (for MA candidates)
The Centre for Research Architecture is engaged in a four-year ERC-founded project entitled Forensic Architecture. The project is organized around a series of international seminars and workshops with distinguished practitioners in the field, publications and exhibitions. Members of the Centre undertaking the MA or PhD programme will participate in the activities developed throughout the project.
Short description: Because violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and human right (HR) conventions are frequently undertaken in cities and by means that deliberately manipulate the elements that constitute their built fabric, this project contends that organizations employing HR and IHL could benefit from a closer engagement with the operational procedures, conceptual assumptions, methodologies, and technologies of urban and architectural analysis. Legal claims of the kind that are brought to international courts and tribunals or made to circulate within the general media often invoke images of destroyed buildings or of menacing new constructions, but these are too often treated merely as self-evident illustrations of atrocity. This project attempts to transform the built environment from an illustration of alleged violations to a source of knowledge about them and a resourcethrough which controversial events and political processes could be reconstructed, analyzed and better understood. The project is driven by the introduction of a new operative concept – “Forensic Architecture” (FA) – which is proposed as a field of practice and as an analytical method for probing the political and social histories inscribed in spatial artefacts and in built environments.
To be undertaken at the Centre for Research Architecture (CRA), a multidisciplinary group of spatial practitioners, this four-year project will employ new technologies and novel forms of spatial analysis in order to query the function of space as evidence within the different forums of international justice. The project is organized around the investigation of several legal controversies, each with a distinct spatial dimension. In site and archival visits and through the use new technologies of spatial, structural, and event modelling, the project will deal with the built environment aspects of violations. By helping to extend the means by which the physical dimension of urban war could be mapped and modelled, FA will help to create new grounds in thinking about IHL and HR as they bear upon built structures and urban environments. The project will result in a web-based interactive platform including original essays and articles, and the visual/measurable material produced by the case study analyses in various formats. The first three years of the project will be concluded with the presentation of a major exhibition in a pre-eminent culture institute and will be accompanied by a large edited catalogue and a symposium.
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