OISD: Architectural Engineering is an interdisciplinary group working in the fields of construction technology, structures, building physics and sustainability. The group is involved in both pure and 'close to 'industry' research with a wide portfolio of UK, European and International activities. It has a broad technical skill base that includes architecture, building physics, structural and mechanical engineering and construction economics.

In 2008 the group was awarded the Howard Medal from the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) for their paper 'VIP and their applications in building: a review'.

Research expertise

  • Modern methods of construction and prefabrication
  • Sustainable building design
  • Construction and life cycle costing
  • Steel, concrete, timber, masonry and glass construction
  • Construction design guidance and regulation
  • Building physics including: thermal, acoustic, structural and air-tightness testing and analysis
  • Building envelope systems
  • Product and systems development
  • CAD and computer modelling

The Group has a powerful portfolio of skills in the areas of construction technology and building physics and a long and consistent record of close to industry and pure research.

It has recently acquired new laboratory facilities, which complements the already excellent computer based facilities. These two combined will, I am sure, bring more benefits to the ongoing development within the construction industry in general and to the building envelope and offsite sectors in particular.

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  • Research and consultancy partnerships with practice and industry, especially in the area of modern methods of construction
  • Strategic research partnerships with UK steel sector
  • Host institute of the corus Colorcoat Centre for the Building Envelope


PhD and research opportunities exist generally in the field of architectural engineering and particularly in the areas of expertise listed to the left.


Professor Ray Ogden
Director of OISD Architectural Engineering
Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development
Oxford Brookes University
Headington Campus
Oxford, OX3 0BP

Tel: +44 (0) 1865 483208


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