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

Research groups

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.

Recent news from The Cass

AJ Small Projects 2017

Two works by London Met tutors shortlisted for the AJ Small Projects 2017 awards.

Celebrating the Olympic legacy with ‘Conversation Pieces’

Students from The Cass’s Unit 5 launch book to highlight design pieces from the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Celebration week 2017

20-24 February

Students, staff and studios across The Cass celebrate and share their work in progress with panels of invited critics.

New Student Work at The Loom

Textiles BA and Fashion BA students celebrate another exhibition changeover at The Loom.

New Cinema and the City - Migrations

Lecture series brings together filmmakers, writers and thinkers from art, history, visual anthropology and architecture to explore migration in modern cities.

Nostalgia Is Not Enough

8-31 March 2017

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

Poetic Projection

Jewellery and Silversmithing students from The Cass present a Valentine's inspired exhibition at the Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery.

Passing Through

MA Fine Art students Jordanna Greaves and Ali Bahreini exhibit recent work in Cass Foyer Gallery.

Gensler success for Chris

Interior Design graduate appointed Associate for world leading design firm in just two years.

Assemble shortlisted for prestigious EU architecture prize

Assemble, a collective which includes staff and alumni from The Cass, have been shortlisted for the Mies van der Rohe Award.

Subtitling the Everyday

3 – 25 February 2017

Collaborative exhibition by Charlotte Thrane, Ninna Bohn Pedersen and Torgny Wilcke investigates the intimacy and honesty of everyday objects at The Cass Bank Gallery.

Adi Toch wins Wallpaper* Design Award 2017

Adi Toch, Cass Alumna and lecturer on Textile Design BA, has been awarded a 2017 Wallpaper* Design Award.

What is jewellery?

Marianne Forrest appeared on London Live to discuss flockOmania, an exhibition at The Cass which explores the relationship between jewellery and performance.

London Met student curates ‘Architettura Invisibile’ exhibition in Italy

A new exhibition curated by Cass student, Rita Elvira Adamo, explores the similarities and differences between Japanese and Italian avant-garde architecture.

Flash Factory

Students and academics from The Cass led a series of workshops as part of London Metropolitan University's flockOmania Flash Factory event.