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Roland Karthaus

Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering

Professional and technical studies tutor, researcher and PhD supervisor in Architecture.

  • AVA 1.07, Docklands Campus
    School of Architecture Computing and Engineering (ACE)
    University of East London
    4-6 University Way
    E16 2RD
  • +442082232014
    Roland Karthaus is an architect, educator and researcher in the field of urbanism.  He has twenty years’ experience as a qualified architect and practitioner and is founding director of award-winning RIBA Chartered Practice Matter Architecture and is a Design Council Built Environment Expert. He has taught and researched in Architecture at the University of East London since 2008, leading the professional studies teaching across the school, and taught a Masters in Architecture and Sustainability as well as Programme Leader for the March Architecture professional course and supervising PhD students.  

    Roland was a named Researcher in the 2014 REF submitting two portfolios.  He co-organised the Production of Place international conference at UEL in 2012 and has secured and led several grant-funded research projects and is regular invited speaker at conferences and seminars in the UK and abroad.  In 2018 he won an RIBA President’s award for research in ethics and sustainability for his research into health and wellbeing in the Justice sector funded by Innovate UK, the RSA, the Tudor Trust and Garfield Weston.  

    • RIBA 
    • Architect (ARB)
    • FHEA
    • FRSA
    • RIBA Research Trust Award (2016)
    • RIBA President’s Award for research in ethics and sustainability (2018)
    • Director, Matter Architecture
    • Design Council Built Environment Expert
    • Design and Quality Review Panel member (various)
    • RIBA Planning Advisory Group
    • Roman Road Community Land Trust member


    My research takes an architectural design perspective on interdisciplinary research into health, wellbeing and justice in the built environment.  

    Roland's outputs include:
    The 'synthesis' for Naya Raipur, which reflects on the findings of the international workshop in 2012 and makes specific recommendations for implementation to the Naya Raipur Development Authority.
    A report published by the RSA on a new social enterprise model for rehabilitation of offenders leaving prison, which he has been working on as part of the RSA Transitions team.
    A portfolio of research on sustainable urban design standards, which he has been collaborating on with the US Green Building Council.

    Most recent research:

    Rethinking Intergenerational housing (funded by Innovate UK and Camden Council)


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    Bougnoux, F. and Karthaus, R. (2013), ‘Naya Raipur: Shaping a new capital city to fit Indian Life', Les Ateliers Internationaux, France ISBN 979-10-93009-00-1

    Karthaus, R. and Smith C. E, (ed.) De Mellow J. (2012), ‘Design for Life’,

    Article in the RSA Journal, Wardour, London, Volume CLVIII No. 5552, Winter 2012, ISSN: 0958-0433

    Karthaus, R. and Kyrkou, D., (2011) ‘Urban sustainability standards: predetermined checklists or adaptable frameworks?‘, Procedia Engineering, Volume 21, 2011, Pages 204-211, ISSN 1877-7058, 10.1016/j.proeng.2011.11.2005.

    Karthaus, R. (lead researcher), (2011), ‘Neighbourhood profiling project’

    Chandler, A. and Karthaus, R. (2011)Making Place – handwork in / for / of the community,



    Architecture and urbanism, sustainability, justice and equality, cycling



    • Professional studies in Architecture: BA (Hons) and MArch Architecture
    • MA Architecture, Sustainability and Design
    • MArch Architecture (design, live projects)
    • PhD supervision (urbanism)
    • Engineering with Architecture (City University)

    Programme Leader for the postgraduate (Part 2) professional Architecture programme
    Senior Lecturer on the Urban Ecology module of the Masters in Architecture: Sustainability and Design
    Roland is currently supervising a PhD student investigating a particular approach to urban theory