Design and Practice Research Group

Design Group


The Design and Practice Research Group (DPRG) aims to encourage and promote research which is carried out through the act of design. The work carried out by the group places the activities of the design studio and workshop on an equal footing with those of the library and laboratory. Interests include building, design, digital design techniques, prototyping materials, critical means of representation, project management, building law and architectural education.


The group’s research can be defined by one of two categories:-

Practice-based Research
Whereby an original investigation is undertaken in order to gain new knowledge partly by means of practice and the outcomes of that practice. This is demonstrated through creative outcomes in the form of buildings, designs, artefacts, drawings etc.

Practice-led Research
In which the nature of practice leads to new knowledge that has operational significance for that practice. Here the primary focus of the research is to advance knowledge about practice, or to advance knowledge within practice.

Postgraduate Research

The Design and Practice Research Group welcomes enquiries from anyone interested in applying to study for an MPhil or PhD degree in areas relating to the interests of the group

Further information on postgraduate research study at the School can be found at: WSA MPhil/PhD Courses