Dynamic and inspirational, our MArch programme is for students who want to qualify and practice as architects designing real buildings in relation to their physical, cultural and social settings.
This Master of Architecture is taught by both architects in active practice and academic staff. The curriculum studies and integrates contemporary issues in; architectural thinking, culture, practice and processes; smart urbanism; sustainable environmental methodologies, and emerging technologies.
Rather than studio unit themes, this course prioritises your own individual interests, ambitions, and initiatives. It is profession-oriented and encourages imaginative, exploratory, and pioneering design and research. Entrepreneurial training is also covered for setting up as a practice and as a developer.
What your course will look like:
Year 1 introduces you to research-led design, a year of unpacking, rethinking, experimenting and discovering areas of specialised interest which may subsequently become distinctive characters of your thesis in year 2. The year is supported by more ambitious skills workshops – not based on any one area of specialism – but on a variety of developed approaches to learning and research that equips you to explore areas of design pertinent to your own aptitudes and interests. The year includes a field trip at the end of term 1, generally abroad to an unusual challenging destination.
The course culminates in year 2 in a year-long integrated design thesis (CDT) as a celebration of the Department’s essential academic position – which is about the essence of building in specific physical and cultural settings. The pedagogic model is less about teaching as it is about engagement with specialists from the building professions, through a self-motivated process that readies you rigorously for practice. With site anywhere in the world and brief initiated by you to suit your own interests after deep research in year 1, the CDT comprehensively demonstrates your abilities across the multi-stranded demands involved in the creation of a building project. The final year also includes Practice, Management and Law (PML) in preparation for participation in the profession and anticipating Part 3. It is intended that the overall portfolios should be published as books at the end of the course.