In year one, you'll undertake a number of tutor-led studio design projects. Lecture and seminar series are interwoven with studio design projects and inform their content.
Design Research 01
Enables you to embark on an extended piece of complex architectural design research, leading to a rigorous proposal. You're required to demonstrate your ability to devise ambitious architectural strategies, structural and sustainable objectives and approaches and coherent responses to site within the project as a whole.
Design Research 02
Enable you to extend and amplify the architectural design research initiated in Semester 01 leading to a rigorous proposal or proposals for a complex architectural design.
Involves the origination and implementation of a programme of individual research into technologies and experimentation. This will be devised by you and it usually emerges from the research themes and issues in your design research project. A series of programmed interdisciplinary workshops introduce key skills and concepts, interspersed throughout the course of the unit, providing specialist inputs and opportunities to evaluate individual research from different vantage points.
This unit consists of a period of self-directed research on a subject that is related to the historical, theoretical and critical concerns of architecture. You will present a written dissertation (8000 – 10,000 words) in which you will be expected to develop and articulate a sustained argument in an extended piece of writing that demonstrates a high level of understanding of the subject area through analysis and evaluation.
Dissertation (option 2)
This unit consists of a period of self-directed research on a subject that is related to the historical, theoretical and critical concerns of architecture. You will complete a research project, presented using alternate media (film, installation, software etc.) and an exegesis (2000-3500 words).
In year two, you'll develop your own research agendas, drawing heavily upon the issues and methodologies introduced in year one.
You'll develop and present your design thesis project. The format of presentation may include the production of diverse media, for example models, drawings, installation, video, photography and text.
This second phase of the Thesis involves the development and presentation of the Thesis Project. The format of presentation is agreed with individual Thesis Tutors and may include the production of models, drawings, installation, video, photography and text.
Designed to provoke experimentation, risk-taking, exploratory and playful work while addressing the rigours of professional practice. These characteristics are reinforced through lectures, workshops and tutorials. The unit covers a range of topics such as business (including marketing and advertising), economics, law and legal, management, media, systems and operation, professional practices and a series of talks related around the RIBA stages: pre-agreement, ideas-design, pre-construction, construction and completion.
You'll produce a technologically–driven realisation which arises out of an issue identified in their design Thesis. You are required to apply your understanding of technical knowledge to the resolution of building design problems or to the development of novel approaches to design issues through rigorous, well–documented experimentation.