Welcome to Research in the School of Architecture

The School of Architecture is committed to engage in world-leading research that addresses social, environmental and architectural challenges locally, nationally and internationally.
It provides a vibrant, dynamic and inspirational research environment that facilitates a diverse, inclusive and critical research culture that comprises the work of all staff and students. Focusing on the practice, theory and history of architecture, our research encourages critical and new ways of designing, making and thinking, as well as of predicting design performance and evaluating the consequences of design decisions. Multi-disciplinary and international in scope, developed in partnership with industry and communities, and supported by state of the art resources, the school fosters cultural, creative, intellectual and technological innovation that results in practice-relevant and policy-driven outputs.

The School of Architecture enjoys an excellent reputation for the quality of its research and is internationally recognised for work across a wide range of fields, including low carbon building, architectural engineering, development and emergency practice, vernacular architecture and the architectural humanities. The School promotes design as a research-led activity and consciously harnesses the areas of research excellence, including practice-led research, to inform student learning.



Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development

Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD)

Internationally excellent research and consultancy from Oxford Brookes University's sustainable development institute

Research Excellence Framework


Dr Marcel Vellinga
School of Architecture
Oxford Brookes University
Headington Campus,
Gipsy Lane, Oxford, OX3 0BP