Facilities for architecture and built environment

If you're studying an architecture and built environment programme, you’ll have lots of opportunities to research and develop your creative ideas in our specialist technical facilities. Skilled technicians can help you with iterative design work and give you advice on fabrication and manufacturing for elements of your course.

3D Printing Lab

The 3D Printing Lab has a commercial rated EOS SLS 3D printer to help you create highly accurate and robust 3D nylon printed models, parts and prototypes from CAD models. The room includes a laser cutter so you can take your 3D printing ideas to the next level.

Motion Capture Lab

The Motion Capture Lab provides the equipment for students to use the motion capture process in digital design modelling for animation and creative projects, accurate data capture for movement research, and more. The lab has a motion tracking camera system like those found in major digital production studios for body, facial and object tracking, including a virtual camera for live data streaming through game engine software, allowing you to get a producer’s view of characters moving through your digital scene.

Interactive and immersive 3D visualisation: Sentience Lab

The Sentience Lab is about transforming data into new, fully immersive and interactive 3D spaces for multi-sensory visualisation, 3D modelling and general animation. The lab has a range of the latest VR headsets, and access to modelling software for students interested in working in the exciting growth areas of virtual, mixed and augmented realities.


Our students have access to two makerspace facilities where you'll find tools and technical equipment to meet student prototyping and model building requirements, including hand and power tools for model and part making, laser cutters and a range of FDM 3D printers to help you bring your creative ideas to life.

Research in architecture and built environment

We believe in high-quality research that has impact, and have world-class researchers and research strengths across architecture and built environment.

About our research