Centre for Urban Design, Architecture and Sustainability

Organization profile

Profile Information

CUDAS comprises three research themes: Urban Design, Architechtural Practice and Humanities, and Sustainable Environments and Practice, which constitute the main areas of research focus in the Department of Architecture and 3D Design. These investigations operate at many scales and levels, but a common thread throughout these investigations is a concern about the integration of architectural, environment and urban design. Accordingly, the overarching ethos of CUDAS is that design informs all aspects of academic research of the built environment, whether in the historical, cultural, theoretical or environmental contexts. 

Through its diverse community of researchers, the centre takes a broadly inter-disciplinary and integrated approach to key areas of focus in architecture and urban design that both build upon historical precedents and advance new theoretical possibilities for the built environment and the city-at-large.

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village Earth & Environmental Sciences
Thermal comfort Engineering & Materials Science
urban development Earth & Environmental Sciences
China Social Sciences
Vietnam Social Sciences
sustainability Earth & Environmental Sciences
architectural design Earth & Environmental Sciences
Augmented reality Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2009 2019

Improving the Sustainability of Traditional Dwellings in Yunnan, China: Seismic Resistance Testing of Wood-frame and Earth-Built Wall Dwellings

Bai, Y., Gao, J., Pitts, A., Gao, Y., Bai, W. & Tao, Z., 14 Feb 2019, In : Sustainability. 11, 4, 19 p., 977.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
residential building
Sustainable development
Earth (planet)

Community Land Trust Solutions to Local Housing Issues

Chadwick, H., 26 Mar 2018, AMPS Proceedings Series 10: Cities, communities and homes: Is the Urban Future Livable?. Cairns, G. & Tracada, E. (eds.). AMPS (Architecture, Media, Politics and Society), p. 164-170 7 p. (AMPS proceedings series; no. 10).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Contradictions in architecture design studios: Reflections on the concepts of design embedded in architectural education

Gomes, D., Tzortzopoulos, P. & Meddings, C., 12 Jul 2018, Proceedings of the 5th International conference on Architecture and Built Environment S.ARCH 2018. Venice, Italy

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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Projects 2018 2020

Sustainable and Creative Village Research Network - South West China

Pitts, A. & Gao, Y.


Project: ResearchResearch Council

Activities 2004 2018

  • 2 Grant peer-review
  • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 Editorial work
  • 1 Membership of a Society or Institute

4th Symposium of Sustainable and Creative Villages Research Network - SW China

Adrian Pitts (Organiser), Yun Gao (Organiser), Edward Ng (Organiser), Wan Li (Organiser)
7 Dec 20189 Dec 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

Hong Kong SAR Research Grants Council - member of Standing Review Board

Adrian Pitts (Participant)
31 Jan 201731 Jan 2021

Activity: Other activity typesGrant peer-review

Sustainability (Journal)

Adrian Pitts (Editor)
1 Jan 20161 Jan 2017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial work