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Research Case studies


Infra was created to make change and develop designs and policies that make an effect. From the regional to the local, across disciplines, ranging from blue sky, far-out research to near market design and consultancy, we aim to design a better world.

Infra: Research, Evaluation, Design.Infra is the Architecture and Landscape research and enterprise cluster at our University, responsible for delivering public output. This is a transdisciplinary area, with a wide range of expertise from regional biomass strategy to detailed design of a complex building façade. This allows teams with a unique range of expertise to work together on projects. The work broadly focuses on the contexts of biota, technology and community, which are cross-cutting across scales of intervention, these are:

  • Regional strategy
    Reader Alan Simson leads the Landscape Strategy Group, whose work on urban forestry has made him a world-leader in this area.
  • Closing cycles and the Green city
    Professor Greg Keeffe’s work on new urban technologies and form has lead to his work being exhibited in Copenhagen at the World Climate Summit. Chris Royffe has co-directed with Fleure Gething the Green Places Studio which is developing models of sustainable park design.
  • Community action
    Simon Warren’s Urban Studio Group engages directly with the less-enabled communities of Leeds by designing and constructing community buildings, in addition the Back to Front project led by Emma Marsden, has had great success at instigating local food production in Harehills, Leeds.
  • Advanced Façades
    Head of Technology, Keith Andrews, is developing parametric methodologies for the development of new tectonics in architecture. This blue-sky work is supported by real-life experience of design and assembly in Des Fagan, Project Architect for Zaha Hadid’s Glasgow Transport Museum, and Craig Stott’s work on biocyclical façades.
  • Exhibition Design and interpretation
    Led by Interior Architecture’s Peter Dixon, we are working closely with Galleries in Yorkshire such as the Henry Moore Institute and the new Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield to develop meaningful interpretative spaces.
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