The Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Global Heritage focuses on the investigation of human aspects of architecture, spatial practices, urban heritage, material culture and the built environment. This is situated within the ever-changing urban and social structures of contemporary cities forcing new territories of interaction, innovation, creativity and analysis. Our research team approaches design as a comprehensive process that take account of the influence and impact of human actors, either as individuals, groups, or communities. Architecture and urban heritage are essential domains through which the intellectual debate, negotiation and dialogue between the wide spectrum of theoretical, social, cultural, political, practical and technological concerns and determinants would help us to inform a better future of more sustainable and humane cities and built environments. The Centre's research interest covers a wide temporal span and geographical territory beyond the United Kingdom. The latter includes South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, and North and Latin America.
Our architectural and urban history and heritage related work is the leading group of the University’s Strategic Research Theme, Global Heritage: Science and Management and Development. Our scholars has led several pioneering research projects over the past decade that record architectural history and heritage in Belfast, Lisbon, Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Cairo, Berlin, Mexico City, Rome, Delhi and Riyadh amongst many others.
The key areas of interest and expertise and PhD Supervision are:
- 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.
An underlying interest is the understanding of the mutually dependant relationship between culture, society and technology. Given the nature of the sphere of interest, the group is committed to an integrated approach to academic research and design creativity, closely working on staff and postgraduate research projects, design consultancy and its wider dissemination through publications, exhibitions, conference organisation and a strong web-based presence.
For academic enquiries please contact the Research Group Leader, Professor Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem.
The following staff are involved in the activities of the Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Global Heritage:
Professor Benachir Medjdoub
Dr Marisela Mendoza Ramos
Dr Ana Souto
Dr Moulay Chalal
Books and Government Policy Documents
Abdelmonem, M.G., Selim, G. 2019, “Architectural, Space and Memory of Resurrection in Northern Ireland”, London: Routledge.
Abdelmonem, M.G., Argandoña, A. (eds.) 2020, “A Place Called Home: On People, Care and Work in the Home”, London: Routledge.
Abdelmonem, M.G. (ed.), 2017, “Architectural & Urban Heritage in the Digital Age”, Special Issue, International Journal of Architectural Research, Volume 11, Issue 3, 240 pages.
Abdelmonem, M.G., 2016, “The Architecture of Home in Cairo: Socio-spatial practice of the Hawari’s Everyday Life”, London: Routledge.
Abdelmonem, M.G. (ed.), 2013, “Portrush: Architecture for the North Irish Coast”. Belfast: Ulster Tatler. (ISBN 978-0-9504092-1-4).
Morrow, R. & Abdelmonem, M.G. (eds.), 2012, “Peripheries: Edge conditions in architecture”. London: Routledge.
EGYPT: Abdelmonem, M.G. 2017, “Managing Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age: Research Policy Document on the Development of Virtual Heritage for Egypt and the Middle East”. AHRC-Virtual Heritage Cairo. Cairo: Ministry of Higher Education & Ministry of Antiquities. Nottingham: Nottingham Trent University.
EU: Krawczyk, E., Abdelmonem, M.G., 2013, “ICT developments impacting on older people’s living conditions and environment”, Value Ageing, EU-FP7 Marie Curie research Project, Final Report.
Ireland: Abdelmonem, M.G., et al., 2012, “Local Area Plans: Best Practice Manual”. A Government policy document. Dublin: The Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government (DEHLG).
Ireland: Abdelmonem, M.G., et al., 2012, “Local Area Plans: Planning Guideliness”. A Government policy document. Dublin: The Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government (DEHLG).
MEDJDOUB, B., 2011. Archiplan: Une approche CAO en architecture basée sur les contraintes: une méthode de conception fonctionelle en architecture. Saarbrücken: Éditions universitaires européennes. ISBN 9786131531583.
Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters
Abdelmonem, M.G., 2016, “The Modern Ordinary: Changing culture of living in Egypt’s traditional quarters at the turn of the twentieth Century”. Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 52, No. 5, pp.825-844
Abdelmonem, M.G., 2016, “From Propagation to Negotiation of Ideologies in the Architectural Design Studio: Critical Insights in student-centred strategies for Interactive learning”, Journal of Design Research, Vol.14, No.1, pp.1-21
Abdelmonem, M.G., 2016, “The Abject Dream of New Capital: Capitalist Urbanism, Architecture and Endangered Liveability of the Middle East’s Modern Cities”. Open House International, Vol. 41, No.2, pp.38-46
Abdelmonem, M.G., McWhinney, R., 2015, “In search of common grounds: Stitching the divided landscape of urban parks in Belfast's interface zones”, Cities. Vol. 44, pp 40-49
Mulholland, C., Abdelmonem, M.G., Selim, G., 2014, “Negotiating spatiality: Potential of border areas for intergroup mixing in divided cities”. GAU Journal of Social and Applied Sciences, Vol.6, No.10, pp428-441
Abdelmonem, M.G., Selim, G., 2012, “Architecture, memory and historical continuity in old Cairo”, The Journal of Architecture. Vol.17, No.2; pp.167-192
Abdelmonem, M.G., 2012, “The practice of home in old Cairo: Towards socio-spatial models of sustainable living”. The Journal of Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, V.23, No.2, pp33-49
Abdelmonem, M.G., 2012, “Responsive homes of old Cairo: Learning from the past, feeding in the future”. The Journal of Hospitality and Society Vol. 2, No. 3; pp251-271
GAO, H., MEDJDOUB, B., LUO, H., ZHONG, H., ZHONG, B. and SHENG, D., 2020. Building evacuation time optimization using constraint-based design approach. Sustainable Cities and Society, 52: 101839. ISSN 2210-6707
MEDJDOUB, B. and BI, G., 2018. Parametric-based distribution duct routing generation using constraint-based design approach.Automation in Construction, 90, pp. 104-116. ISSN 0926-5805
CHALAL, M.L., MEDJDOUB, B., WHITE, M., SHAHTAHMASSEBI, G., CUMBERBATCH, M. and SHRAHILY, R., 2017. The impact of the UK household life-cycle transitions on the electricity and gas usage patterns. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 80, pp. 505-518.ISSN 1364-0321
MEDJDOUB, B. and CHALAL, M.L., 2017. Impact of household transitions on domestic energy consumption and its applicability to urban energy planning. Frontiers of Engineering Management, 4 (2), pp. 171-183. ISSN 2095-7513
CHALAL, M.L., MEDJDOUB, B., WHITE, M. and SHRAHILY, R., 2016. Energy planning and forecasting approaches for supporting physical improvement strategies in the building sector: a review. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 64, pp. 761-776. ISSN 1364-0321
MEDJDOUB, B., 2013. A constraint-based parametric model to support building services design exploration [forthcoming]. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 9. ISSN 1745-2007
MEDJDOUB, B., 2009. Constraint-based adaptation for complex space configuration in building services. Journal of Information Technology in Construction (ITCon), 14, pp. 724-735. ISSN 1874-4753
SOUTO, A., 2018. Experiencing memory museums in Berlin. The Otto Weidt Workshop for the Blind Museum and the Jewish Museum Berlin. Museum & Society, 16 (1), pp. 1-27. ISSN 1479-8360
SOUTO, A., 2017. Post-colonial legacies in Seville: traces of the Ibero-American Exhibition, 1929. Entremons UPF Journal of World History(9), pp. 74-104. ISSN 2014-5217
SPASOJEVIC, D. and SOUTO, A., 2017. Creative practices and public engagement. Journal for Artistic Research (13). ISSN 2235-0225
SOUTO, A., 2015. Neues Museum Berlin: completing the past with a minimalist intervention. Design architect David Chipperfield. The Architect: The Journal of the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects, 116 (4), pp. 151-154. ISSN 1391-5363
SOUTO, A., 2011. Archiving Berlin's past and renewing the Ruhr Valley. Austausch, 1 (2), pp. 98-120. ISSN 1364-971X
SOUTO, A., 2009. América en Sevilla: la materialización del espíritu neoimperial en la Exposición Iberoamericana de 1929. International Journal of Iberian Studies, 22 (1), pp. 39-67. ISSN 1364-971X
DÍAZ-LAMBOY, E., MENDOZA, M. and SOUTO, A., 2017. [Re] Measuring [LEED] sustainability: from a global rating system to tropical specificity. In: L. BROTAS, S. ROAF and F. NICOL, eds., Proceedings of 33rd PLEA International Conference, Design to Thrive, Edinburgh, 2-5 July 2017. Volume 1. Edinburgh: Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Building, pp. 401-408. ISBN 9780992895754
BROWNE, J. and SOUTO, A., 2016. Cultural identity and the municipal gallery: the re-imagining of Bradford’s collection as a transcultural representation of identity at Cartwright Hall 1904-2014. In: D. HIGGINS and V. DHUPA, eds., In This Place: Cumulus Association Biannual International Conference: conference proceedings, School of Art & Design, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, 27 April - 1 May 2016. Nottingham: Nottingham Trent University: CADBE, pp. 51-57. ISBN 9780992887810
SOUTO, A., 2013. Architecture and memory: Berlin, a phenomenological approach. In: S. BANDYOPADHYAY and G. GARMA MONTIEL, eds., The territories of identity: architecture in the age of evolving globalization. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 77-90. ISBN 9780415622875
OLIVA SALINAS, J.G., MENDOZA, M. and GONZÁLEZ MEZA, E., 2018. Reflections on Frei Otto as a promoter of sustainable architecture and his collaboration with Kenzo Tange and Over Arup in 1969. Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures, 59 (195), pp. 87-100. ISSN 1996-9015
MENDOZA, M., 2015. Felix Candela’s first European Project: The John Lewis Warehouse, Stevenage New Town. Architectural Research Quarterly, 19 (2), pp. 149-160. ISSN 1359-1355.
MENDOZA, M. and CRESCIANI, M., 2013. Pier Luigi Nervi, Félix Candela and the Kuwait Sports Centre Competition in 1968. Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures, 54 (23), pp. 199-210. ISSN 1996-9015.
MENDOZA, M., HALLION, S. and QUEK, R., 2009. Out of the musical box. South African Journal of Art History, 24 (3), pp. 117-126. ISSN 0258-3542.
We work with partners and collaborators on shared interests and projects that ensure innovation, applications and new solutions. We partner with governments, local authorities and national institutions to offer informed research-led policies, best practices guidelines and decision making procedures. We also work with architectural practices, heritage associations and civic trusts to engage communities and local charities to advance and exchange knowledge of architecture, history and identity of the built environment and urban spaces.
We are happy to collaborate on areas of our research interests and supervise researchers and Practitioners through PhD Projects (PhD by research, & Professional Doctorate).
List of our Research Partners:
- The Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government (DEHLG), Republic of Ireland.
- Ministry of Antiquities, Government of Egypt
- Belfast City Council, Northern Ireland
- Home Renaissance Foundation, UK
- National Built Heritage Forum, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- National Heritage, UK
- Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley, USA
- National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation, Egypt
- Queen’s University Belfast, UK
- Ironbridge International Institute of Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham, UK
- Chair of Prince Sultan Bin Salman for Architectural Heritage at King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
- National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics, Egypt
- Soluis Heritage, Soluis Technologies, UK
- British University in Egypt (BUE), Egypt
- International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE), USA
- Digital Heritage Foundation, USA
- Nottingham Heritage Partnership (City Council), UK
- Hosta Consulting
- CTARA (Carrington Tenants and Residents Association)
- Sneinton Alchemy
- Glasgow School of Art
- University of Nicosia, Cyprus
- Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
If you would like to find out more about the Centre's work or any requests or interests of Collaboration, please email, phone us or get in touch via our social media channels.
Telephone: +44 115 848 6020
We’re offering fully-funded PhD studentships aligned with our research centres for UK, EU or International students. Find out more about our PhD studentships