Research seminars by the Centre for Architecture and Built Environment Research (CABER)

Browse the research seminars by CABER researchers and invited guests that foster ongoing and potential collaborations.


CABER Early Researcher (ECR) Seminar: Funding schemes

Organised by CABER, with a host of internal and external speakers

Seminar held 27 June 2024.

Contractors’ insolvency: Case study of two clients’ completion procedures after insolvency of contractors

Dr Rotimi Joseph (CABER Visiting Fellow/University of Brighton).

Interoperability issues associated with BIM and DfMA integration

Rita Baltasar (PhD Student, UWE Bristol).

Seminar held 17 July 2024.

Towards a greener and energy-efficient cement manufacturing process

Dr Akilu Yunusa-Kaltungo (University of Manchester).

Building better Health and Safety protection: An exemplar of a cross-disciplinary approach to combat COVID-19 transmission in the construction sector

Dr Clara Cheung (University of Manchester).

Seminar held 19 June 2024.

Sustainable transport and mobility infrastructure as a trojan horse towards better urban space

Professor Richard Laing (Northumbria University).

AI experimentation for Scan-to-BIM automation in cultural heritage

Professor Yusuf Arayici (Northumbria University).

Seminar held 15 May 2024.

Impact of light level on the physical self-maintenance for the older people with dementia in care and attention home

Professor Mei-Yung Leung (CABER Visiting Professor/ City University Hong Kong).  

Seminar held 15 May 2024.

Integrating eye-tracking with immersive technology for enhancing construction safety

Dr Abdul-Majeed Mahamadu (CABER Visiting Fellow/University College London).

Seminar held 17 April 2024.

Artificial Intelligence Generative Assisted Design as a tool in early-stage building design

Dr Ignacio Deza (Lecturer in Data Science, UWE Bristol).

Unlocking urban insights: Virtual Reality and eye tracking in shaping built environment and urban infrastructure

Gargy Makkanai Sudhakaran (Research Associate, UWE Bristol).

Seminar held 20 March 2024.

Biomimetic adaptive design strategies for integrated solar building envelopes

Sara Jalali (PhD student, UWE Bristol).

BiodiverCITY – how valuing nature may reshape our towns and cities?

Professor Robert Barker (CABER Visiting Professor/Stolon Studio Architects, UK).

Seminar held 21 February 2024.

Developing an interdisciplinary conceptual framework to explore the impact of indigenous knowledge systems on stakeholder engagement in participatory planning practice

Ana Luíza Milanese (PhD Candidate, University of Roma TRE, Italy) 

Enhancing knowledge about historic assets: sharing and collaboration through digital models

Dr Silvana Bruno (Assistant Professor, Politecnico di Bari, Italy).

Seminar held 24 January 2024.

Assessing employee engagement in a post-COVID-19 workplace ecosystem

Dr Martyna Surma (Research Associate, UWE Bristol).


‘“Designer buildings”: Evolution of design for buildings in allotment gardens – The case of Warsaw, Poland

Grazyna Wiejak-Roy (Senior Lecturer, UWE Bristol) and Rafał Mazur.

Seminar held 13 December 2023.

Architectural practice-based research – pleasures and challenges

Jonathan Mosley, Dr Maurizio Sibilla, Tonia Carless, Dr Matthew Jones (Teaching Staff, UWE Bristol).

Seminar held 22 November 2023.



The privatisation of public space: a literature review

In the seminar “The privatisation of public space: a literature review”, David Littlefield and Mike Devereux discuss their current research commissioned by Grosvenor Estates, the developer/owner of London’s Mayfair and the centre of Liverpool, discussing the complex relations between the public and private sector within urban spaces that we perceive as typically accessible to the ‘public'.

Seminar held 6 February 2017.

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What is the value of your pension?

A seminar presentation by Ytzen Van Der Werf, graduate tutor and PhD student, discussing his research into the variance in valuation of property within pensions funds drawing on interviews with both valuers and investors in the UK property market.

Seminar held 21 November 2016.

Architecture and built environment research funding opportunities

Professor Lamine Mahdjoubi, co-director of CABER and an EPSRC reviewer, chair and member of peer review panels, as well as a former AHRC reviewer, discusses architecture and built environment research funding opportunities, including those from Research Councils UK (RCUK), charities and industry, and grant application processes. He is joined by Dr Patrick Manu who gives a short presentation on his recent success in securing an EPSRC First Grant.

Seminar held on 14 November 2016.

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Sustainable design, construction and performance

A seminar presentation by Professor Bill Gething, co-director of CABER, giving an overview of CABER and introduction to its theme ‘Sustainable design, construction and performance’, covering current projects on energy literacy, building occupants’ use of heating controls, an exemplar low carbon housing development, impact in practice on comfort and heating costs of fitting external wall insulation and a recently won study for BEIS (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy).

Seminar held 7 November 2016.

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Towards a phenomenological anthropology of architecture

A seminar presentation by Dr Fidel Meraz, articulating a conversation between Heidegger’s approaches to place and an anthropological profile of the architectural place, rooted in the ontology of architecture of Ingarden. The seminar explores a methodology that validates phenomenology as philosophical tool to approach architecture and frame it within clearly identifiable limits.

Seminar held 31 October 2016.

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Sustainable buildings and sustainable occupants: approaches to improving building performance

A seminar presentation by Dr Samantha Organ and Louise King examining occupant motivations and behaviours as significant factors in understanding people’s engagement in improving the energy performance of our buildings as well as their operational performance.

Seminar held 11 April 2016.

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How changes in global society are creating markets for new ways of living, new products and services

A seminar presentation by Dr Fionnuala Costello, manager for New Programme Development at Innovate UK, leading the horizon scanning function and building business cases for new public sector funding programmes.

Seminar held 18 April 2016.

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One death in construction is really too many

A seminar presentation by Dr Patrick Manu offering an overview of the status of occupational health and safety in the construction industry in UK, Europe and beyond, and how construction health and safety research at UWE Bristol s contributing to the improvement in health and safety within the construction sector.

Seminar held 4 April 2016.

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Thinking architecture as art: Cesare Brandi (1906-1988) and his conservation philosophy

A seminar presentation by Dr Fidel Meraz exploring how Brandi shaped the way in which the culture of Italian conservation culture considered the built environment, its perception of architecture lingering halfway between the manifold place of human dwelling and the intemporal work of art.

Seminar held 22 February 2016.

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A seminar presentation by Elena Marco, Dr Rachel Sara, Sally Daniels and Dr Matthew Jones describing live projects realised through collaboration between the Bristol school of architecture at Bristol UWE and the Bristol community, that can be seen as a form of activism in the city.

Seminar held 30 November 2015.

Putting public into public life: Gehl architects

A seminar presentation by Allison Dutoit discussing research and design within her work with the influential Gehl Architects, their approach and methods.

Seminar held 23 November 2015.

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Occupiers: research with high impact

A seminar presentation by Paul Carder asking 'Occupiers are larger than real estate investors! Why is real estate research all about investors?'

Seminar held 16 November 2015.

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Understanding creative practice as research

A seminar presentation by Associate Professor Jonathan Mosley and Associate Professor Rachel Sara exploring the ways in which creative practice might, and might not be understood as research.

Seminar: 9 November 2015.

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Architectural Computing in Engineering Practice

A seminar presentation by Dr John Harding discussing his research into computational design, asking how much authorship and control should we hand over to algorithms, and how might we discuss aspects of design with a machine?

Seminar held 2 November 2015.

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Architecture and the cultures of occupation

A seminar presentation by Associate Professor Jonathan Mosley and Associate Professor Rachel Sara. Mosley and Sara’s research explorations intersect in their concern for the relationship between people and architecture and in their trans-disciplinary collaborative practices.

Seminar held 19 October 2015.

Is Building Information Modelling (BIM) pure hype or a transformational change of design, construction, and operation?

A seminar presentation by Professor Lamine Mahdjoubi, Professor of Architecture and Co-director, with Professor Bill Gething of the Centre for Architecture and Built Environment Research (CABER).

Seminar held 12 October 2015.

Climate change - it's enough to worry a banker

A seminar presentation by Professor Bill Gething, Professor of Architecture and Co-director with Professor Lamine Mahdjoubi of the Centre for Architecture and Built Environment Research (CABER).

Seminar held 5 October 2015.

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