Research at The Cass

Image from The Art Party, Bob & Roberta Smith

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

Research groups

The East End Archive

Centre of research

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

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 School 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.

Course Leader MA Architectural Histories, Theories and Interpretation, Postgraduate coordinator (RIBA part 2) History and Theory, Teaches on Architecture BA (Hons) (RIBA part 1).

At the Projects Office Ottavia is a graduate intern assisting with projects and events, carrying out graphic design, event management and project management.

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

Coordinates Critical and Contextual Studies (BA), MA Architectural Histories, Theories and Interpretations. Professional Diploma in Architecture (RIBA part 2), BA Architecture (RIBA part 1).

Teaches on the Architecture and Interior Design (Extended Degree).

Has taught as a Diploma Tutor at Cambridge University School of Architecture, and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Theory and Design at The Cass School of Art and Architecture.

Works within the disciplines of Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation and Printmaking.

Anna Bates (pictured middle) is a regular contributor to the international design press and former design editor of Icon magazine.

Teaching in 3D studio Harvest (Furniture and Product Design) with Peter Marigold and Christopher Emmett.

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

Trained as a Gold and Silversmith in Germany and England and set up a studio in London in 1998.

Teaches on the Guitar Making short courses.

Textile designer and lecturer.

Twenty five years of experience has enabled him to accumulate knowledge from technology research, film, TV, theatre and computer games production, academia, luxury and fashion.

Worked at number of management levels in the development and production of bespoke products and the delivery of services and training centered on the creative industries.

Laura Bradshaw-Heap worked with The Cass and Design/Shift project team in the design, curation and build of the Summer Show in 2014.

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.

Works in film and live performance.

Teaches on BA (Hons) Architecture and BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design.

Teaches on BA (Hons) Architecture and BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design.

Successfully led MSc thesis supervision of 64 students and have returned 100% completion of MSc awards.

Set up her first business at university, manufacturing and wholesaling jewellery and selling the work of graduate art, design and craft graduates.

Andrea Bugli is a London based Architect and Computational Designer with a degree in Building Engineering/Architecture from University of Bologna (Italy).

Gives lectures regularly internationally, for example: at the National Council of Architecture, Helsinki, the Swedish Institute of Architects, Stockholm, the Malaysian Institute of Architects, IAAC Barcelona, the University of Rome, and the Smart Cities Forum and Barcelona.

Teaches on Professional Diploma in Architecture - RIBA Part 2.

British artist who trained at Manchester Metropolitan and Maastricht.

Teaches on Professional Diploma in Architecture-RIBA Part 2 (Free Unit Tutor).

Course leader for Graphic Design.

Teaches on the BA (Hons) Interior Design and Foundation Year (Art and Design Extended Degree)

Teaches on BA (Hons) Architecture RIBA Part 1, CCS, Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA Part 2.

Teaches on the BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing.

Started her career in 1986 as a painter, sculptor, architectural decorator, restorer, set designer and product designer.

Received a bachelor's of Architecture degree from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, a master's in Design Studies in the history and theory of architecture from Harvard University and studied economics and political economy at the Graduate Faculty at the New School for Social Research.

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

Studio Tutor "Assorted Jewels" & "Last Minute Treasure"

Multidisciplinary artist whose work has been shown widely in the UK as well as in exhibitions in the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Germany and China.

Dr Jane Clossick worked at architectural practices in London and Manchester before studying her PhD and lecturing at London Met.

Studied painting and drawing at Camberwell School of Art in the late seventies.

Engaged in urban change through her role in the Mayor of London’s Regeneration team, working on place-shaping projects, strategies and research across London.

Teaches on Lampshade Making short courses.

Joined the design/shift team to help to curate, build, organise and design The Cass summer show 2014.

Joined the Design/shift team to help to build, organise and design The Cass Summer Show 2014.

Leads 3D (Design and Craft) Contextual Studies.

Ania Dabrowska is an award-winning artist working in photography, moving image, installation, text and sound.

Teaches on Woodwind Instrument Making short course.

Sandra Denicke-Polcher has been Deputy Head of the School of Architecture since 2013 and has been teaching the Live Projects Studio 3 at London Metropolitan University since 2000.

Works on her own projects as well as high profile commercial and private commission pieces.

Has spent much of his time establishing and teaching courses at several universities including Oxford Brookes, UCL and the Camborne School of Mines.

Recent news from The Cass

St James’s Palace hosts ‘inspiring’ London Met enterprise awards

Big Idea Challenge 2017 showcases London Met’s contribution to innovation and enterprise in the capital.

Upholstery: a sustainable future

Short Courses at The Cass sponsor panel discussion exploring the issues around upholstery, sustainability and throwaway culture at the Geffrye Museum.

Weird Garden

4th May 2017

A First Thursday evening of experimental sound and vison curated by Cass Fine Art student, Raisa Watkiss.

Theatre and Performance Practice creates a buzz

Theatre and Performance Practice BA students collaborate on project exploring the science and art of responsive swarming.

Is Fashion Unfair?

Join our star-studded panel for an evening of debate and discussion as we examine whether fashion is unfair?

Visible Light at Milan Design Week

Cass graduate Dessislava Madanska will be exhibiting at this year’s Milan Design Week.

DEN at Shoreditch Town Hall

Theatre and Performance students kick of The Cass Summer Season with a festival of secrets, cryptic missions and general hush-hush at Shoreditch Town Hall.

Easter Bunny 2017

Join The Cass for its annual Fine Art open studio event on Thursday 6 April.

Exploring Belgian architecture with The Cass

6 - 27 April 2017 (excluding 13-17 April)

Belgian architecture season launches at The Cass with an illustration exhibition highlighting the country’s diverse collection of contemporary architecture.

Nostalgia Is Not Enough

8 March -21 April 2017

OPENING EXTENDED: Photography exhibition in Cass Foyer Gallery for Women's History Month features recently recovered images of The Brady Girls Club.

Gift project by Poetic Projections Studio

Jewellery students at The Cass take part in international gift exchange.

The Cass announced as partner for all-night art extravaganza

The Cass has been announced as one of the partner venues for Art Night 2017, a contemporary arts festival which will transform the East End for one summer night.

Folkestone is an Art School!

2 September to 5 November 2017

Major new initiative by artist(s) / The Cass Fine Art Professor(s) Bob and Roberta Smith will raise awareness of the importance of arts education.

The Poetic Dimension in Architecture

Architecture Research Unit at The Cass present a new series of evening lectures by high-profile international practitioners

Different Strokes

East End pub becomes an art gallery, launching series of pop-up exhibitions by first year Fine Art students