University of Bath
Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering

Dept. Architecture & Civil Engineering
University of Bath
Bath BA2 7AY

United Kingdom

Tel: +44-1225 386646
Fax: +44-1225 386691  


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Bath, United Kingdom

University of Bath

The Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath brings together the related disciplines of Architecture and Civil Engineering. Each discipline is serviced by an active group of academics who bring specific expertise to postgraduate courses and research supervision.


Traditionally natural building technologies have not been taught as part of undergraduate engineers, builders or architects curriculum. We have started to change this at Bath by offering a joint introductory course on Natural Building Technologies to undergraduate Civil & Architectural Engineering and fifth year MArch Architecture students. The course is supported by a number of external speakers such as Rowland Keable (In-situ Rammed Earth Co.), Prof. Tom Woolley (Queens University), Ian Pritchett (Lime Technology), Rex Harries, Neil May (Natural Building Technologies ltd), Lionel Jayanetti (TRADA Technology) and Richard Harris (Buro Happold). Course content includes lectures on:


We are currently engaged in and developing a number of research projects on rammed earth construction, green oak carpentry joints, dry-stone walling, lime concrete, and straw bale construction. Many of these projects involve active collaboration with industrial partners and we welcome new approaches from organisations seeking to develop work in the area of natural building technologies. Members of the group have acted as consultants to a wide number of projects in the UK and overseas.

Entrance Requirements

At present courses are offered to students of architecture and civil engineering at the University of Bath. In the future professional CPD and practical weekend courses on various Natural Building Technologies will be presented.