Architecture, Culture and Tectonics Research Group
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The Architecture, Culture and Tectonics (ACT) research group studies the relationships between people and the structures and spaces that surroundus. We explore the effects of the design and layoutof buildings, public realm and landscapes on our social and cultural interactions, and test how we can make such places more meaningful and sustainable.

Our research combines the two themes of culture (architectural humanities, history, theory, design and urbanism), and tectonics (experimental structures, materials and digital fabrication).


Architecture, Culture and Tectonics


Projects span a range of scales and contexts, from individual components of buildings at a local level, through to large scale planning and management of landscapes and cities internationally. Our research has been applied to designing exhibition spaces (including the Dinosaurs of China exhibition at Wollaton Hall in2017 and two museums currently under constructionin China), analysing historical architecture (such as Lincoln Cathedral), and the design of novel lightweight and deployable structures (through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and consultancies).



View our video to find out about life in the ACT research group.

Dr Jonathan Hale talking about the Architecture, Culture and Tectontics Research Group and student facilities within the department.


Architecture, Culture and Tectonics

The University of Nottingham
Faculty of Engineering
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 86257