Architecture and Built Environment research at Huddersfield has grown rapidly since 2014. This rapidly growing Unit has three internationally recognised centres of excellence and vitality: Centre for Urban Design, Architecture and Sustainability (CUDAS), Global Disaster Resilience Centre (GDRC), and Innovative Design Lab (IDL). The Centres were established in 2014/15 to bring together staff from diverse disciplinary and cultural backgrounds and to form inter-disciplinary groupings. They provide critical mass to address the complexity of social, physical, technical and economic challenges confronting our cities and their built environment. They also act as bridges to our UK and international stakeholder constituencies in the construction industry, government and third sector. These collaborative links to end users inform our understanding of these challenges and support us to co-design, conduct and implement our research.