The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment is the UK's largest and leading multidisciplinary faculty of the built environment. Our sections span the entire area of study and research. Individually, they lead their fields. In partnership, they develop new responses to pressing world issues. As a whole, they represent a world-leading, multidisciplinary faculty, united by the radical spirit of UCL.
In the UK's 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) overall The Bartlett had the greatest proportion
of 4* or world-leading research in the field, placing the faculty at the
forefront of built environment research internationally.
Building alternative possibilities
Researchers at The Bartlett are motivated to act by the challenges of the 21st
century, involving issues of ecology, finance, natural resources, cultural interaction, power and wealth. Collectively, we
believe that the way to respond to the future is by taking nothing for granted, and so both to question givens and to put forward
new ways of engaging old problems.
This means drawing on diverse approaches, employing tried and tested skills, the use of thoughtful reasoning and carefully gathered empirical evidence alongside speculative theorising and experimental aesthetic inventions. Our key ambition is to build alternative possibilities.
Cross-disciplinarity: a diversity of values, methods and outputs
Drawn from disciplines as varied as
theoretical physics and organisational management, we place the analysis,
design, construction and inhabitation of our built environments and the
communities who inhabit them at the heart of our research.
Our approach thrives on bringing differing approaches into close and critical relations, both conceptually and materially. Deploying the methods of science, social science, design, the arts and the humanities, we collaborate with partners from the global north and south to engage with issues associated with the built environment across the world, at all scales from dust mites to the master plan.
Critiquing existing concepts and imagining new scenarios
The complexity of the built
environment means that we must bring together scientific and
artistic modes of working, allowing technology and economy to be understood
through social and cultural perspectives, producing a diverse range of research
products from books and buildings, through to patents and papers.
We believe that a creative attitude to research comes from balancing a practical approach to problem-solving with a critical perspective, which refutes existing concepts and imagines new scenarios. This open-ended and dynamic approach also requires that research keeps close to teaching, and so allows students to engage with the unexpected views of those new practitioners and theorists who will build our future.