Architecture, Culture and Tectonics Research Group
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Our research

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

Research areas


Work in this area focuses on the history and theory of architectural and urban culture, with three distinct areas of research strength:

  • Architecture of museums
  • Relationships between architecture, technology and human embodiment
  • History, theory and criticism of architecture, engineering and the city

Research themes




Research in this area is focused on the design, modelling and manufacturing challenges of building systems based on advanced digital form-finding and modelling techniques.

The research group is based on a multidisciplinary approach with competences which range from material specifications to structural design and from 3D digital tools to 1:1 scale physical prototyping based on 3D printers, 5-axis robots and computerised cutting tables.

Research themes


Prof Jonathan Hale talking about the Architecture, Culture and Tecontics Research Group

Dr Paolo Beccarelli, discussing Tectonics research within the ACT research group.


Architecture, Culture and Tectonics

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

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 86257