MA Architecture and Urbanism
Architecture, Computing and Engineering
The MA in Architecture and Urbanism builds upon UEL legacy of world-leading form generation through computational design explored through the work of the university’s late senior lecturer, Paul Coates. This involves using parametric and object-oriented design methodologies seamlessly with rapid manufacturing and visualization techniques available within the school.
Whether you want to expand your field of expertise, or deepen it, this unique one-year course will enrich your knowledge and enhance your career in the fields of Advanced Architectural, Urban Design and Digital Fabrication. The course is aimed at architecture graduates wishing to specialize in advanced digital design processes, and at those within the ‘built environment’ – such as planners, psychologists, quantity surveyors or designers
Along the course Advanced Architectural Design, Parametric Urban Design, Digital Manufacturing will be developed across the year following a common digital platform which simulates the state of the art of design processes in contemporary architectural practices. The goal is experimenting new possibilities for architectural spaces and cities connecting the design to advanced fabrication techniques and sustainable strategies in order to generate a research leading to a secure impact in the industry.
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This is a new, unique course involving theory and practice, design and fabrication. You will gain a higher level of skills and competence exploring a variety of software and techniques.
will have superb opportunities to benefit from a number of professional links
with renowned practitioners working or collaborating with UEL.
Gold Medal winning C+S Italian architectural practice, Article 25, Buro Happold, Cundall, Zaha Hadid Architects, Grimshaw
Our course offers the chance to materialize your ideas and integrate fabrication within the design process using our cutting edge manufacturing facilities including an ABB robotic arm, CNC milling, Laser cut and 3d printing. .
This course will open your eyes to a whole new and complex side of the ill-used term ‘sustainability’. It has helped me to understand and question the relationship between environmental, economic and social aspects in our current society and how to achieve the world we strive for through critical thinking.
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths.
What you'll study
Subject to validation
Architecture and Practice
Digital Architecture and Urban Design : Principles
Digital Architecture and Urban Design: Advanced Techniques and Computation
How you'll be assessed
The two taught modules are assessed through an essay/report and design portfolio and by your contributions to seminar discussions and design exercises. The work culminates in your master's thesis which will focus on the digital fabrication of parts of the projects developed across the yearCourse specification
How you'll learn
The student will explore digital design as a collaborative journey, learning how to control inter-disciplinary dynamics which are occurring in contemporary architectural practices and are the key to a successful design. Advanced 3d software and BIM processes will be taught and implemented as the backbone of the research. The course will be led by Dr. Fulvio Wirz, MA Programme leader at UEL and Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects with Efstratios Georgiou (MArch at the Barlett School of Architecture) who will provide specialized support on digital fabrication processes.
UEL staff includes also celebrated practicing architects such as Patrik Schumacher, director at Zaha Hadid Architects, Maria Segantini, partner of C+S Architects, Tony Fretton, principal of Tony Fretton Architects, and Katherine Clarke, partner of Muf.
The Digital Fab Lab
The course is developed in synergy with UEL Digital Fabrication Lab, a cutting edge facility including an ABB robotic arm, CNC,laser cut and 3d printing. All digital tools will be available across the year to support students’ research. During the final term students will be asked to develop and manufacture a large scale (up to 1:1) component/ assembly of their project.
The course will enhance your career as well as providing an ideal base from which you could choose to go on to doctoral study.
What you'll learn
The Master is structured in three terms which will explore a holistic approach to digital architecture and urban design following the “systemic design” paradigm which uses advanced methods of concept generation, context analysis, programmatic control and performance assessment to achieve a high level of multidisciplinary design coordination. You will study two taught theory modules, each worth 30 credits, and a practical module worth 60 before proceeding to your concluding thesis. The thesis submission will focus on the manufacturing process of a large scale component or a physical model of the building/masterplan. It will include a written dissertation to complement your studies with a critical reflection on processes and choices made along the course.
Your future career
This course is ideal if you are a practitioner or recent graduate wishing to diversify your knowledge of built environment disciplines.
- The course will help you shift your architectural practice into a new field or direction.
- The course will give you a better understanding of contemporary practice within European and global contexts and help you develop your critical design or writing and thinking skills.
- The course will offer you a specialized expertise that could help to take your career in an upward, and perhaps different, direction.
- The will give you the opportunity to expand your network of contacts, getting in touch with globally renowned practitioners, manufacturers and researchers.
- And if you are considering further study, the course will provide an ideal route towards PhD-level work.
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