What is research at Arup?
Research is the creation and sharing of knowledge inspired by the work we do and the challenges we overcome. It is the use of targeted thinking, analysis and experimentation to strengthen the firm and keep us moving forward.
The use of research is a key element of the Arup ethos and contributes to many of the unique projects that we are involved in.
Centaur Pod – buildings that reshape themselves
The natural environment is constantly changing - so how do we prevent our built environment remaining static?
The ‘Centaur Pod’ prototype seeks to challenge this. The result of a Research project between Arup and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, it’s an origami inspired meeting room that can expand and contract in response to its surroundings and how it is being used.Discover more about Centaur Pod
From ideas to innovations
We recognise too, that for clients today long-term value has an evolving and complex nature. Our work must often connect a project’s structural design to the positive social and environmental outcomes it will produce. Rigorous and creative research helps us to bind these elements together for our clients and partners in the public and private sector.
Our remit is wide, tackling everything from city masterplanning and transport strategy, to circular economy initiatives and innovative responses to climate change.
Our research methodologies include breadth and depth and combine design exploration, use inspired research combined with rigorous scientific methods.
Our annual Global Research Challenge explores some of the world’s most intricate challenges, ranging from emerging digital design and engineering processes to designing within the limits of the earth’s planetary boundaries.
Explore our research
Our research covers a vast range of topics and areas of expertise and is carried out in collaboration with internal researchers, partners and clients around the world.
Arup Research: Water Management
The discrepancy between water supply and demand is rising, and our everyday activities impact the water cycles and ecosystems that surround us. Arup has teamed up with FrankWater to develop a toolkit to help NGOs in the water and sanitation industry. Through our research programme, Arup is using satellite imagery to assess flood risk by identifying land use and impact on run off.
Threat of wildfires at the urban-rural interface
Wildfires are becoming more common and more devastating. To help understand and combat the threat faced by those living at the urban rural interface, we investigated best practice in wildfire modelling from across the world to boost our teams' knowledge.
Arup Research: Smart Workplaces
Smart buildings and intelligent offices spaces will transform our work experience. In collaboration with the University of Southern California, Arup has developed the Internet of Things (IoT) desk as a platform for providing information and interaction. Using cost-effective sensors and machine learning, we can assess user position and make adjustments.
To find out more about our varied research work, visit our dedicated website research.arup.com
Discover how our team can help
Our research team provides a wealth of experience from across the built environment and deliver some of our most innovative work.