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 that surround us.

The effects of the design and layout of a building on our social and cultural interactions are explored, as well as ways in which we can make our architecture more meaningful and sustainable.

Our research combines the themes of Culture (for example: architectural humanities, history, theory, and urbanism) and Tectonics (experimental structures, materials and digital fabrication including augmented reality and practice-led research).


Architecture, Culture and Tectonics


Our research has been applied to designing exhibition spaces (including the Dinosaurs of China exhibition at Wollaton Hall and two museums in China), analysing historical architecture (such as Lincoln Cathedral), and the design of novel 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