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Architecture, Design and the Built Environment Studentships

The School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment stand halfway between science and philosophy; between tradition and disruption: we embrace theoretical rigour, celebrating design heritage, inviting innovation in research.

Architecture studio based in our Grade II* listed Arkwright building

We are a nationally renowned stage for talent in making and design, with a worldwide reputation for excellence in teaching and research, one of our biggest strengths is our global network of trusted industry partners. These relationships enable vital links for postgraduate research projects, and we are home to a diverse and thriving research community.

We value the art, science and business of making and design whilst simultaneously investing that knowledge in smart cities, energy and sustainability projects, and huge global partnerships. As a research community, we work to support our researchers to achieve their potential whilst enabling them to fully engage in their broader research goals.

As a researcher, you'll be part of a truly innovative and interdisciplinary research culture.

NTU Fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme 2022

When making an application for a studentship, you will need to demonstrate how your proposal aligns with our research strengths, so ensure you are familiar with our research centres and research themes.

Architecture, Design and the Built Environment PhD Studentship Opportunities Live Webinar

Book your place onto our live webinar on Wednesday 8 December 2021 between 10 am and 11 am. You'll get the chance to chat with our researchers and ask any questions you may have.

Our research themes

Global cultural heritage

Many architectural and cultural heritage sites throughout the world are threatened by neglect, climate change, rampant commercialisation, over-exploitation by tourism, and significant disinvestment on essential maintenance. Innovative management solutions are required to ensure the sustainable preservation of the heritage and maximise the benefit to local communities. We are interested in research that focuses on the investigation of human aspects of architecture, spatial practices, urban heritage, material culture and the built environment. Research scopes may include architectural history and theory, design; architectural & cultural heritage; identity, place and memory, modernity and regionalism; smart and virtual heritage technologies; landscape, urbanism and settlements; sustainable heritage management.

Sustainable built environment and circular economy

More than 36% of carbon emission and 40% of energy consumption are associated with buildings. A sustainable built environment is crucial to achieving the carbon neutral future and improving health and wellbeing for the whole population. We are interested in research that explores sustainability in the context of the built environment and implementation of circular economy principles. Research topics may include, but are not limited to, sustainable construction; building energy systems; smart buildings; environmental citizenship; and decarbonation of existing buildings.

Infrastructure asset management

Public infrastructure, including railways, roads, bridges, energy grids, utility and water systems, is essential to the efficiency of economy and people’s quality of lives. Effective management of infrastructure asset faces many challenges, such as ageing infrastructure and legacy information systems; difficulties of monitoring the performance of large volume of asset; and financial constraints on maintenance investment. The advances of digital technology, such as 3D scanning, big data, machine learning and computer vision techniques, provide opportunities to tackle some of the main challenges of Infrastructure asset management. We are interested in research that harnesses the emerging digital technologies to provide solutions for monitoring performance of infrastructure assets and optimising their maintenance.