Kent School of Architecture

The Centre for Architecture and Sustainable Environment

The Centre for Architecture and Sustainable Environment (CASE) aims to promote research in the field of sustainable design regionally, nationally and internationally.

Its research focus encompasses different aspects and scales of the sustainable built environment from the individual building to the urban block, promoting the wider environmental agenda and keeping the school at the forefront of research and development in the field. CASE also pursues research into the historical and cultural dimension of environmental design to foster links between the sciences, arts and humanities. There is a strong interest in understanding the environmental behaviour of historic buildings and the strategies originally deployed to manage the internal environment.

The Centre has already been involved with three EPSRC-funded projects on climate change weather data for a sustainable built environment, sustainability of airport terminal buildings and design interventions in the public realm for affecting human behaviour.

CASE has developed its laboratory infrastructure for environmental monitoring in the built environment. Its capabilities include undertaking thermal imaging surveys, monitoring of microclimatic conditions and other weather data, along with lighting studies.

Our team’s research interests in the field of sustainable design include:

  • thermal comfort in complex environments
  • occupant perception and use of space
  • sustainable building design
  • natural ventilation in complex spaces
  • urban microclimate
  • future weather data for building performance simulation
  • history of environmental design and technology
  • environmental behaviour of historic structures

Our PhD students are currently working on the following topics:

  • Environmental diversity in the urban environment
  • Comfort conditions in airport terminals
  • Low carbon prefabricated homes
  • Ventilation strategies for healthcare buildings in Nigeria
  • Fault lines on the road to more sustainable buildings

For more information about CASE please contact Prof Marialena Nikolpoulou

Kent School of Architecture, Marlowe Building, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NR

The University of Kent, +44 (0)1227 824689 or

Last Updated: 21/01/2015