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In the Department of Architecture research and teaching in the postgraduate programmes are allied to these Research Fields:

ENVIRONMENTAL POTENTIAL
The balance between human development needs and the environment’s potential to serve or provide for these needs. Social consideration, environmental responsibility and economic equitability 
that results in regenerative design and development approaches, sustainable building methods, recycling and reuse of material, community benefits and environmental restoration. 
 
HERITAGE AND CULTURAL LANDSCAPES
Diachronic and synchronic understanding and analysis of the ecology of the cultural environment with application in the design of the built environment. Solutions focus on appropriate building form and 
space referenced to the legal heritage frameworks and current best practice. Theory of the relationship between human and landscape and of heritage conservation. Recording, investigation, interpretation, 
representation and design response within the built environment regarding places, structures and artefacts of cultural significance and heritage value.
 
HUMAN SETTLEMENTS AND URBANISM
Investigation into the current socio-spatial conditions of our urban environments that are influenced by economic migration, political redress and environmental distress. Design and intervention strategies are aimed at the enablement of emergent social structures and the integration into existing urban and natural processes with potential emotional ownership and reinvestment by the inhabitants. Engagement with communities of interest contributes to a participatory research process underpinning these investigations.

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