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

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

Cass student artwork on display on Holloway campus

Paulina Glimas among exhibiting artists

Artwork by Cass students will be displayed in the University's Holloway buildings, enlivening the area and providing inspiration to undergraduates.

Steps to success

Dr Jane Turner's innovative choreography projects on stage and screen

Cass academics feature In Residence

8 September – 27 November

Cass academics' work features in exhibition for Oslo Architecture Triennale.

Lydia

October 2016

Cass Film lecturer's project makes official competition in Malmo Arab Film Festival

Tate Britain acquires Letter to Michael Gove

Cass professor's work makes national collection

Tate Britain acquires celebrated protest painting by artist(s) and Cass professor(s) Bob and Roberta Smith.

The Cass at Photomonth

October and November

Cass staff, students and alumni participate in east London's international festival of photography.

The squid revolution has begun

16–23 July 2016

Cass tutors, students and alumni take part in the first instalment of Revoluzione Delle Seppie, a workshop in Calabria, Italy, in collaboration with a local refugee centre.

Cass named amongst London’s most influential

A number of people from across The Cass have been named in the Evening Standard's Progress 1000, a list of London’s most influential people of 2016.

After London

The exhibition is on 4-15 October 2016

The Cass presents an exhibition of the Thames Estuary by Simon Fowler and David George, coinciding with a new publication by Rachel Lichtenstein.

Making Matters

17-24 September 2016

An exhibition of work by Cass design graduates and alumni for London Design Festival 2016.

Jemima + Johnny screening for Black History Month

11th October, 5pm

The Students' Union has organised a free film screening with a Q&A for Black History Month.

Cass MA alumni collaborate on

3 to 28 October

Cass MA alumni Moé Sekiya and Jordanna Greaves collaborate on an exhibition for Photomonth 2016.

Musarc announces autumn schedule

Events between now and Christmas

Musarc, the architectural choir/research project based at The Cass, announces its autumn schedule.

Territorial

21 October - 12 November

The Territorial exhibition is curated by Paola Leonardi for London Photomonth.

PhD Collaboration with Hasselt University

Cass lecturers visit Hasselt University

Cass lecturers prepare future exchanges between The Cass and Hasselt University in Belgium.