Research at The Cass

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Cass research

The research strategy at The Cass reflects our core values and commitment to social engagement and local communities. We have added to this commitment a more specific understanding of our city, London in particular, as a topic in its own right. This has already inspired cross-disciplinary projects and resonates with practice across the three Schools of Art, Architecture and Design.

Cass research links closely with our unique studio delivery model, bringing together students and our practitioners, industry leaders and researchers under thematic programmes, supported through projects, exhibitions, screenings and public lectures that share each studio’s research focus. This embedded connection between research and teaching, positions our expertise at the heart of curriculum design and delivery.

The Cass continues to explore and develop its role in consultancy and advocacy for our subjects and research territories. We directly interrogate the potential for art, architecture and design to transform lives, regenerate communities, and question and draw out meaning from our shared material cultures in both national and international arenas.

Scroll down to see our highlighted projects for key examples.


Themes/groups

Each research group or theme provides the intellectual and practice-based expertise and discourse to support The Cass’s thematic studio model and the supervision of our MA by Project and PhD students. It fosters innovative practice and an emphasis on live projects, facilitated by Cass Projects.

Cross-faculty discourse and collaboration has proved highly effective in building on best practice to ensure a coherent, proactive and outward-facing research and enterprise culture that has a profound impact on the immediate learning environment, the east London locale and wider communities (for example Mumbai, Sierra Leone and Moscow).

Research themes

Critical Curation

Actively testing the expanded notion of what constitutes an exhibition

A research theme that explores important questions about the purpose and impact of curatorial activities on culture and society.

Critical Materiality

Exploring relationships between materials and processes

This inter-disciplinary area of research brings together artists, designers, architects and writers.

Design: Sites | Histories | Theories

Design and its sites as material and imagined

An inter-disciplinary research group embracing a range of methodologies to explore and interrogate design as object, image, process and intention, historically and now.

Music Technology, Theory and Practice

A critical and innovative approach to the relationships between aspects of music and its technologies

This theme draws together musicians and theoreticians in the Faculty engaged in a reflective and critical approach to the relationships between music and its technologies.

Pedagogic Research

Enquiry through teaching practice

The Cass has developed a unique approach to teaching across all subjects based on the studio system and an emphasis on live projects.

Public Acts

Social engagement, participation and collaboration

This theme draws together artists, architects and writers who are engaged with the examination of public space.

Spectatorial Dramaturgy

Artists, musicians and theoreticians engaged in a reflexive and critical approach to dramaturgy, spectatorship and context

A spectator may be defined as "a participating-knowing observer of an event". Music, art and performance need an aware recipient or addressee (spectator/listener) to fully exist.

Research groups

Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources (ARCSR)

Research

An emergent academic research area investigating low income settlements in urbanised environments from degree through to PhD

Architecture Research Unit

An architectural design laboratory in The Cass, pioneers of 'design as research', lead by Florian Beigel and Philip Christou.

ARU is an architectural design laboratory primarily concerned with the exploration of ideas about space.

The East End Archive

Online resource focusing on the physical and conceptual East End of London

Online resource focusing on the physical and conceptual East End of London

Cass Cities Research

Some urban research we are busy with

Cass Cities champion the rich array of urban research that happens here at Aldgate.

Urban Research Projects

Situated within The Cass Faculty of Art

A team of designers and social scientists that undertake new research, and work with other researchers within the university and outside, to record and disseminate existing research and its influence.

Research News

Research degrees

MA by Project

An innovative research-based degree

This unique research degree is tailored to opening new opportunities in creative practice as well as professional and academic fields. The course is run by our research units.

MPhil/PhD

Research courses at The Cass

We offer expert supervision by academics researching in a wide range of disciplines. Our students' research areas include critical curation, music technology, cities and rapid change.

Showcase of Cass research

Reader in Photography and Course Leader for MA Photography, Director of the East End Archive, teaches in to BA (Hons) Fine Art.

Teaches on Professional Diploma in Architecture - RIBA Parts 1 and 2.

Architect who has concentrated for twenty-six years on urban projects and nurturing the evolution of places.

Teaches on BA (Hons) Fine Art studios and MA Fine Art.

Maurice Mitchell is Professor in the CASS Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University where he teaches Diploma Unit 6 with Francesca Pont.

Nicolas de Oliveira is a writer and curator.

Dr Elaine Thomazi Freitas is a composer and media artist.

Recent news from The Cass

DLHE survey results prove creativity works

Latest survey reveals a massive 96% of graduates of The Cass are in employment or further study within six months.

Interior Educators Success

Cass Interiors student Spaska Bondarenko wins Runner Up in Innovation Prize at the Free Range.

Backdoored exhibition

5- 20 August 2016

Exhibition by artist and Cass alumna Nye Thompson exploring our vulnerability in cyberspace.

Archikids comes to The Cass

Saturday 23 July, 12-5pm

Central House is the latest venue for London's annual architecture festival for families.

Cass lecturer's student wins Women in Property Award

A student taught by Cass Architecture lecturer Cheryl Pilliner Reeves wins Women in Property's South East Region Award.

Cass tutor's practice is shortlisted for the Stirling Prize

The gallery designed for Damian Hirst by Cass tutor Peter St John's practice Caruso St John is shortlisted for the prestigious Stirling Prize 2016.

Third year Cass students awarded dissertation prizes

The Cass celebrates its third year students with faculty-wide awards judged by a panel of experts.

New London Awards 2016

Three practices who lead Diploma Units in Architecture at The Cass feature in the New London Awards 2016 announced this week.

La Rivoluzione delle Seppie

16–23 July 2016

Cass tutors deliver unique Summer Workshop in one of Italy’s most beautiful and inspiring landscapes.

IT IS PROBABLY BETTER TO START FROM ZERO #4.2

7 July - 1 August 2016

Artist Lauren Goldie features in final edition of year long curatorial project in window opposite Whitechapel Gallery.

Cass students' work to be exhibited at The Aram Gallery

4 August – 3 September 2016

The exhibition at The Aram Gallery explores and celebrates the tradition of making at The Cass.

World Architecture Festival Awards

Berlin, 16 - 18 November

Architectural practices leading units at The Cass are shortlisted in three categories of prestigious international competition.

It's Nice That

Cass Graphic Design alumna's concepts for Summer Show signage feature on leading design website.

Toilet Time Compression

Art of the CEO. New exhibition by Cass Fine Art alumnus Jake Laffoley at Xero, Kline & Coma

Modern and Traditional Upholstery Awards 2016

London Met celebrates upholstery awards

Upholstery students honoured at June awards presentation at London Met's Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design.