Robin Stubbs B.Sc.(Hons) Arch Tech, MUBC, MCIAT

Job Title:

Research Student


School of Simulation and Visualisation



Building Morphology
A work by Robin Stubbs

Building Morphology


Robin Stubbs

Virtual Environments – Re-interpreting our built heritage

Supervisors: Professor Minhua Eunice Ma, Dr. Stuart Jeffrey, Dr Raid Hanna

The subject area or “architectural heritage” is at present swamped with the written word, some valid, some not so. I feel the opportunity exists and the technology is now available to progress “building conservation” into the virtual world and in turn increase the level of understanding through more informed interpretation.
Having practiced and lectured in the field of architectural conservation for over ten years, there is undoubtedly reluctance amongst practitioners in accepting the validity of computer animation and simulation. Many industry and academic professionals interpret building conservation as somewhat of a theoretical exercise and the vast majority of opinion is based on unquantifiable assumptions.
I believe there is an opportunity for us to engage with this ever developing computer science. By researching varying building typologies from key eras of architectural history through the exploration of virtual environments, our existing knowledge base can be greatly enhanced. In addition to this, I believe how we convey this information must also evolve and should reflect the general acceptance of society to embrace the virtual world.
With this in mind, the aspiration of my research is to re-interpret both, our understanding of the built heritage by exploring to what extent computer simulation and animation can play in understanding the “building dynamics” of our built heritage, and following on from that, how this information is conveyed to the end user, be it an academic, a practitioner, a student or the general public.
In essence, I believe the creation of intelligent virtual environments which will permit “user-interaction” may act as a catalyst to help remodel the medium in which “architectural conservation” is perceived.