Architecture and urbanism

Architecture buildings

Our research in Architecture and Urbanism pursues interdisciplinary and multi-faceted approaches in relation to the built environment, and from a socio-spatial perspective. We understand architecture as a human and societal construct that covers a broad spectrum of social, cultural and technical outcomes that surpasses the work of architects or buildings as objects, hence our key interest is in creative explorations of the relationship between the processes and products of architectural practice.

We understand Architecture through the intertwine of two connected but distinct definitions; one is understanding Architecture as the act of intervening the future development of the city. The second is interrogating Architecture as the science of the city and the accumulation of knowledge that is necessary to evaluate, monitor and design policies, programs and plans for the city’s (re) development and prosperity.

We organise conferences, seminars, workshops and discussions to provide opportunities for scholarly exchange, development and doctoral supervision in these fields.

Our projects

Our projects engage with multiple theoretical discourses to create knowledge on cities, landscapes and marginalised communities in the global south and post conflict cities. We are particularly interested in using methodologies drawn from both the humanities and design to unfold complex topics on urban politics in post-conflict cities, cultural heritage, social studies of architecture, displacement and memories by using a variety of interdisciplinary tools, methods and innovative practices. Our research methodologies include co-design and co-production process, archival research, ethnographic and new digital mapping techniques, living labs, and action research. Shifting in scale and across time, from one political and societal context and perspective to the next, this research also covers a wide range of empirical work with focus on global case studies to examine and understand human interaction in multiple complex conditions and contexts on multiple scales.

Our research inserts sit within the following strands:

  • Memory, identity and place
  • Cultural heritage preservation, protection and management
  • Digital and Virtual heritage technologies
  • Museums and public engagement.

Current Projects

(Re)Contextualizing Contested Heritage: Building Capacity & Designing Participatory Approaches to Preserve Cultural Heritage by the Youth, [Research England Fund] 2019 -2020

Preserving the Disappearing Cultural Heritage of Post-War Mosul, Iraq: Valuing Diversity in the Urban Recovery of Mosul’s Old Districts, British Academy, 2019-2021.

The Living Museum of Umm Qais: Sustainable preservation, analysis and virtual reconstruction of Gadara's ancient site and village,  AHRC - Arts & Humanities Research Council (GCRF) 2019 – 2021.

LABYRINTH: Conservation, Analysis and Virtual Reconstruction of Archaeological Site of Hawara Pyramid and Labyrinth,  AHRC - Arts & Humanities Research Council (GCRF) 2019 – 2022.

Our Past, Our Future, All Together in Faynan,  AHRC - Arts & Humanities Research Council (GCRF) 2019 – 2021.

Current PhD students

Reem AlBarakat: The political influence of the cyber experience on sustaining the individual's efficiency within physical public spaces, start date 2016. 

Meng Li: Cultural Heritage Protection: Innovative tools and methods, start date 2018.

Abdulrahman Kadi: The urban ecosystem and it is impact on developing the pilgrimage journey, start date 2020. 

Khairi Abdulla: Analysis of Barriers and Success Factors Affecting the Use of Walkability in Public Open spaces Tripoli, Libya, start date 2015 (completed).