Research is one of the primary functions of ArchiLab and the home of the ArchiLab Research Group (ARG). This group comprises a number of active researchers who are involved in research within the broad field of environmental and sustainable building design. ARG have also recently taken part in public competitions.
Detailed information about all members of ARG can be found here. Members of ARG are both involved in funded research and actively developing proposals for further funded work. The information provided below gives some examples of current funded and previously funded (and completed) research projects
AHRC COLLABORATIVE DOCTORAL AWARD (£50K)
A collaboration between Kingston University (ArchiLab) and the Environment Trust for Richmond upon Thames, has been awarded a Collaborative Doctoral Award by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to fund a PhD studentship entitled ‘The design of community buildings and landscapes as sustainability learning spaces that encourage
The main emphasis of the project is sustainability and there are two key threads which will explored. The first is the investigation of sustainable building and landscape design in the context of the River Centre and how to ensure that the building is an exemplar of sustainable design. The second is an investigation into how to design the building and landscape to be an educational tool demonstrating sustainability in the wider context to the local community and to visitors.
THE TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY BOARD (TSB) (£110K)
A two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) funded by the TSB involving ArchiLab and Dr Pretlove as the Lead Supervisor and Clive Chapman, Director and founder of Clive Chapman Architects, in Twickenham, as the company partner. The project aim was to gain in-house expertise in sustainable and environmental design and to develop and establish a specialist sustainability service. On completion, it was judged by the TSB as 'outstanding'.
Previously funded research projects
EPSRC Partnerships for Public Engagement (PPE) grant (20K)
The environmental control of dust mites: public dissemination. EPSRC Grant EP/D064090/1, 2006. This project helped to fund two 40 minute ‘Dispatches’ programmes aired on Channel 4 in April 2006.
EPSRC research grant involving Kingston University, University College London, University of Cambridge, Royal Agricultural College and Insect R & D Limited (£103.6K)
Controlling house dust mites by environmental means: Validation of a combined hygrothermal population model, joint 2 year. EPSRC Grant GR/M93925/01, 2004.
EPSRC research grant involving South Bank University, University College London, University of Cambridge, Royal Agricultural College and Insect R & D Limited (£103.8K)
A hygrothermal model for predicting House Dust Mite response to environmental conditions in dwellings. EPSRC Grant GR/S70678/01, 2000.
THE TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY BOARD (TSB) (£331K)
A three-year, double Associate, Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) funded by the TSB involving ArchiLab and Dr Pretlove as the Lead Supervisor and Miles Dobson, Chairman of the mspace Group, as the company partner. The project aim is to develop and embed sustainable and environmental strategies in the design, construction and occupation of domestic and commercial buildings. This project commenced in January 2011 and employs Patrick Osborne and Adam Al-Shemmeri as project Associates (About Us).
The mspace group are an unusual organisation in that they are architects, builders and owner/occupiers of a significant portfolio of domestic and commercial building stock. The project will therefore enable a critical examination and assessment of the impact of sustainability in the design, construction and occupation of buildings within a single organisation rather than the traditionally fragmented structure of these stages. It will enable a true cradle-to-cradle approach to be developed within the organisation and will allow feedback mechanisms to have a real impact on the processes involved.
Currently funded research projects