Message from the Dean

the dean

Welcome to the web pages of the Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment which came into being on 1st August 2007. The aim of the faculty is to provide greater integration of art, creative design, architecture and the built environment to meet the needs of our modern society.

The past two decades have seen unparalleled levels of change symbolised by the emergence of high quality living environments in our towns and rural areas. City landscapes are changing dramatically and none more so than in Belfast where modern citadels of urban regeneration such as Laganside, Titanic Quarter and Victoria Square represent some of the most striking urban forms to emerge in the early years of the present century.

Today we as a society have become sophisticated market consumers at all levels having an expectation of quality - in art, presentation, construction, design, materials, and in relation to previously more esoteric issues like social space, life/work balance, flexible environments, sustainable living, and alternative communication networks. These expectations are reflected in what we call the experience economy. It is said that in the experience economy, experience itself has become the product: we're no longer consuming objects but sensations, even lifestyles.

In this new environment buildings are not so much about where we live, work and play but who we imagine ourselves to be. Such social, economic and cultural transformation not only enhances the quality of life but also stimulates creativity and innovation thereby raising our global image and attractiveness for inward investment.

The teaching, research and academic enterprise activities contained in each of the Schools in the Faculty make a major and unique contribution to the aesthetic enhancement, social transformation and economic modernisation of Northern Ireland, Europe and further afield. We invite you to join us in making this contribution.