Reducing energy consumption which contributes to global climate change and pollution is an international imperative, and the future architect must be equipped with the skills and vision to tackle this challenge both innovatively and responsibly. This course helps you master the knowledge and skills required to produce thermally comfortable, healthy, and habitable building designs while minimising energy consumptions. The curriculum embraces the interface between the environmental, economical and socio-cultural dimensions of sustainability in terms of building design and carbon neutrality.
You will join a community that is co-designing new ways of thinking and challenging architectural conventions through bold experimentation and boundless enquiry. This enquiry-led approach to education will encourage you to take creative risks and to learn from your mistakes in a way that will shape your future design choices.
We provide state-of-the-art facilities for you to realise your ambitions, with workshops offering cutting-edge digital fabrication facilities, alongside a wide range of craft workshops, where you can innovate with materials and processes. We’ll help you to graduate with the tools to take your own personal and critical position on embracing the challenges of sustainability in the globalised architectural world.
- The long-standing Leicester School of Architecture is one of the oldest schools in the UK and our approach meaningfully draws upon years of experience to challenge conventions and redefine the future of architectural practice.
- We will empower you with the tools to become a responsible global architect, with the skills and mindset to tackle the complex environmental challenges ahead.
- You can choose to undertake a year-long work placement, gaining valuable experience to enhance and embed your practical and professional skills.
- Your dedicated tutors come from industry, practice and research, which ensures your work is responding to contemporary, real-world issues that are grounded in both theory and practice.
- Benefit from our advanced enquiry-based education which embraces collaborative learning in studio groups alongside personalised teaching experiences.
- Our award-winning Vijay Patel building has been designed to provide the space and facilities where all of our art and design students can develop their ideas and flourish.
Structure and assessment
Enhances your knowledge and understanding of the nature and scope of research focusing on systematic techniques required for critical analysis.
Principles and Methods
Provides you with a holistic perspective of environmental sustainability and development. You will explore the interface between the three pillars of sustainability and investigate how they inform architectural design.
Design Research Lab 1
Allows you to explore and critically evaluate complex issues within your research unit and to test them within design studies.
Building Performance Modelling
Enables you to evaluate the environmental performance of buildings by exploring opportunities and methods used to test the building project delivered in the concurrent module.
Design Research Lab 2
Further develops the knowledge, skills and research themes from Design Research Lab 1. It helps you explore in more detail and depth, the boundaries of your strategic proposal.
Major Project: Dissertation
Gives you the opportunity to apply your research skills in order to present a detailed independent study on a topic of your choice.
Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.
Facilities and features
The university offers suitable facilities that support a range of sustainability and design disciplines. These include a range of tools and simulation software, including design studios
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
Opportunities and careers
Starting a business
If you are thinking of starting your own business or working for yourself, the Enterprise Team can help provide you with the right advice and guidance to get your business off the ground.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
This course will prepare and equip you with appropriate skills and capacity to address challenges of sustainable architecture and development. Such skills are in high demand by businesses, governments, multilateral and unilateral organisations contending with issues of environmental sustainability. You could also continue with your postgraduate studies and progress onto a PhD.
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