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Architectural Association School of Architecture, London; MSc & MArch Sustainable Environmental Design

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Course focus: Design studio modules-Technical-Building Performance Modelling || Design studio: YES || Fees: £18,960/£25,300 (MSc/MArch)

Course director: Simos Yannas
Course founded: 1995 (Masters, previously postgraduate Diploma since 1975)
Duration: Full-time 12-month MSc/16-month MArch
Intake: 40 students
Student profile: Mostly architecture; 100 per cent international

Distinct feature: Studio-based course with focus on relationship between architectural form, materiality and environmental performance, and how this relation evolves in response to climate change and emerging technical capabilities. Observation, measurement and computer modelling and simulation are fundamental techniques that underpin the programme’s design research. Taught programme is in two parts: first half (October-March) is common to both MSc and MArch candidates, structured around a series of joint team studio projects. Second half (April to September for MSc, April to end January for MArch) is organised around candidates’ dissertation projects. Dissertation topics are grouped into thematic clusters which provide areas of joint research that can be developed in teams of 2-4 students as well as individually.

Director comment: The programme has expanded considerably in the last three years. We currently have an annual enrolment of some 40 new students in addition to 15 MArch students returning for their final term. This has been a challenge for teaching staff but has also increased the group’s output and productivity while providing opportunities for more experimentation and collaborative working.

Student comment: Interaction with fellow students from different countries, climates and backgrounds, experience of teamwork, the course’s structure and combination of theory and design, the application of environmental software to building studies and design projects and the atmosphere of the AA School are among the features best liked by students.

Career opportunities: Good recent opportunities with architectural and engineering practices in London and home countries.

Entry requirements:
- MSc: professional degree or diploma in architecture, engineering or other relevant discipline
- MArch : five-year professional degree in architecture (BArch/Diploma equivalent)
- English Language IELTS overall grade 7.0 or above (or no less than 6.5 on any part of the test)
- Portfolio with samples of recent work (academic/professional)
- Reference letters (academic professional)
- Candidate’s statement
- Interview (optional)

Admissions contact: simos@aaschool.ac.uk; gradinfo@aaschool.ac.uk

Tuition: £18,960 full-time (MSc); £25,300 full-time (MArch)

Website: http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/STUDY/GRADUATE/sustainable.php



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