School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering
Center for Built Environment Research
On behalf of the Center for Built Environment Research (CBER), I welcome you to our website. CBER is one of the four research centres in School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering (SPACE). It integrates Structures and Materials Research Team (SMART) from Civil Engineering and the Architecture Research Team (ART). It is a truly interdisciplinary Centre and provides a unique opportunity for architects and civil engineers jointly to find solutions to problems faced by the Built Environment and the Construction Industries. With huge quantities of natural resources and energy being used by the Built Environment and the Construction industries, the need for closer cooperation between architects and engineers to address issues of these sectors cannot be overemphasised. CBER facilitates this by undertaking its activities within four research themes, viz.
SMART is one of the long-established research groups in SPACE and has been categorised as world leaders in a national Research Assessment Exercise in 2008 (RAE2008) undertaken by the UK Government. With the amalgamation of SMART and ART, the Centre is uniquely strong by combining architecture design, urban and rural design, sustainable concepts in built environment, construction management, material technology, structural and health monitoring and structural engineering. By following the tradition of crossing the boundaries of discipline, the Centre aims to continue their international excellence, collaborate with the best in the world and contribute to both fundamental and applied research and research-informed education in Built Environment. This strategy is supported by the University with inward investments to improve both the research expertise and research facilities of the Centre.
I hope you will find the information on this site useful, but please let us know if my colleagues or I can be of any further assistance to you.
Professor P.A. Muhammed Basheer, Director of the Center