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University of East London, MA Architecture: Sustainability & Design

Course focus: Theory-Design studio modules-Technical || Design studio:YES || Fees: £6,540 (EU)

Course director: Alan Chandler
Course founded: 1999
Duration: 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Intake: Max. 25 standalone MA and 25 Diploma part 2
Student profile: Architects, interior designers and building engineers. Mixed nationalities

Distinctive feature: The Masters course is comprised of 3 modules:

Environmental Architecture, Urban Ecology and the Thesis.

The non-thesis modules are made up of two components, each of which is concluded in a student report that is submitted for assessment.  Only once all four components are completed can the student progress to the thesis.

The modules aim to develop two entirely different methodologies for understanding the environment, one rational the other phenomonoligical: the ‘ying’ and ‘yang’ of urban epistemology.  The thesis is the opportunity to bring these methodologies together, in order to grasp and respond to the urban environment in a way that is entirely unique to each student.

Career opportunities: Students take on roles in the building industry, often collaborating with architects and service engineers as a sustainability consultant. Students work both in architects’ practices as well as engineering firms and sustainability consultancies.

Director comment: We can no longer talk about sustainability without some idea of the actual environmental impact, while at the same time acknowledging that not all environmental impacts can be measured in terms of CO2. Yet, at the same time, reducing building professionals’ roles to simply ‘carbon counting’,  fails to reflect that we also have a responsibility and duty of care to clients, users and wider society and our historic heritage, not just to the environment. It is this balance between socio-economic and environmental parameters and the negotiation between ethics and aesthetics, which interests us and is at the core of our discussions.

Student comment: “I want to underline my gratitude to you for helping me develop systematic skills and for making me (through the assignments given by you and Alan) to fall in love with London, something unexpected to receive from a masters course.”Linda Toledo, 2012

“I can describe the Master in Sustainability + Design as very rewarding for me. The Environmental Architecture modules helped me to approach Sustainability at a small scale (building), while the last year of Urban Ecology addressed all the issues related to Sustainability at a large scale (city). Overall the course taught me how to approach everything with a more analytical and critical eye and think twice before taking things for granted.”Stefano Zucca, 2012

Entry requirements: RIBA Part 1 or equivalent, or where no similar prior qualifications exist, based on interview.

Admissions contact: Christine Wade, or Alan Chandler,

Tuition: £6,540 (Home/EU) for 2012/13


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