The last two years have seen an increased focus on the climate emergency, and WSA students have reacted by questioning the building industry’s, and consequently architecture’s, responsibility for carbon emissions. One of WSA’s six Research & Scholarship Groups is dedicated to energy and sustainability and has conducted some influential research in the field, impacting governmental programmes and policies.

Well-being has emerged in the last decade as a relatively new field of research within architecture, or, more precisely, a new term to collate under one umbrella diverse interests and issues that have been previously associated with other terms. Its importance in policy-making has encouraged researchers in architecture and other fields to expand their research into these areas that affect everyday life in profound manners.

Dissertation Examples:

The Architecture of future happiness – a qualitative exploration into the effects of architecture on happiness and mental health, evaluating considered successful housing schemes

Intergenerational housing: designing for multigenerational living to meet the future housing demand in the UK

Elizabeth MILLER
Ageing Through Urban Renewal- A Study of Stratford’s Olympic Regeneration & Londoners’ Ageing-in-Place

(Re)architecture in (un)expected forms: Interpreting Wabi-Sabi for a new era within the work of Takero Shimazaki Architects

Parisha PATEL
Design for sleep – How can designers improve our sleep?

100% Sustainability? – The Barriers in the Governing of Sustainable Architecture

Kostanca IVANOVA
Reused Buildings – The complexity of implementing urban mining processes through the current policy network within the European Union

Can the UK’ s Rising Housing Demand be used a Tool to Reduce the Residential Construct ion Industries Carbon Footprint? A Carbon-Based Evaluation of Existing and Developing Construction Techniques to Utilise Carbon Positive Building Solutions in Residential Construction

Alexander COX
How can the Theories of Critical Regionalism and Local Vernacular in Architecture be Applied to the Building of Future Sustainable Homes in Cornwall?