London Metropolitan University; MA Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources
Course focus: Design studio modules-Theory-Planing/Policy/Sustainable Development || Design studio: YES || Fees: £5,400/£9,900 (EU/Overseas)
Course director: Sumita Sinha
Course founded: 2006
Duration: 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Intake: 15 students
Student profile: All post Part 2 architects, 80 per cent international
Distinctive feature: Design-based MA investigates self-build techniques in sustainable construction. User engagement and full-size experimentation with local materials. Final thesis based on design, underpinned by consideration of architecture practice and management. Emphasis on refinement and continuous reshaping, over time, through occupation. Correspondence with experts in collaborating institutions encouraged. Course includes an overseas field trip to a situation of rapid change and scarce resources, and a four-day full-sized modelling workshop in UK. Past field trips have been to India, Kosovo and Venezuela.
Student comment: The MA ARC+SR provided me with the unique opportunity to investigate development, both in the UK and in the developing world, through architecture. My classmates and I spent two weeks in Delhi, India, where I explored sustainable design solutions that could be built and maintained by the community of Karol Bagh. It is a course that investigates integral design methodologies often excluded from typical design practice. Community consultation, capacity assessments and vernacular research were methods of informing design. I am now an architectural assistant at Article 25, an architectural charity that designs and delivers buildings in the developing world.
- Heather Stuart, Canadian student, 2008
Career opportunities: Many postgraduates spend a few years after graduation gaining work experience in countries such as India and Bosnia. The department has placed a number of UK students in such work with NGOs, architectural practices and organisations in India, Africa and South America. This course also prepares for work in the alternative technology/energy sector.
- Good first degree in architecture
- Interest in specialising in this area with view to working in sustainable development
- Professional qualification in design, architecture, planning, engineering or related profession, with experience of working in situations of scarce resources and rapid change with wish to develop knowledge in this area
- Extensive professional experience in relevant field
Tuition: £5,400/£9,900 full-time (EU/Overseas); £600 per 20 credit module/£1,100 per 20 credit module part-time (EU/Overseas)