MArch: Sustainable Architecture

Masters in Architecture ARB Part II course

An ARB Part II Masters in Architecture taught at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), the pioneer of sustainability practice. It replaces the ARB Part II Professional Diploma in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies, which has been running successfully since 2008.

This course is delivered at CAT’s Graduate School of the Environment based in the award-winning Wales Institute for Sustainable Education (WISE), designed by Pat Borer and David Lea who regularly guest lecture on the Architecture Masters. Surrounded by mountains and woodlands, this location fosters a unique learning experience in a truly sustainable environment.

CAT’s 40 years of experience in sustainability education has led to the development of courses that not only tackle environmental issues, but focus on sustainability at the core of every aspect of learning.

MArch: Sustainable Architecture is aimed at the architecture student who understands that the world is in a time of transition and that building design plays an important role in environmental impact. Therefore there is great potential within the profession for environmental change, and this is pivotal to the entire sustainability debate.

  • Aimed at students who wish to pursue a career in architecture and wish to attain a highly credited Part II degree.
  • Graduates of this course will understand built environment design in the context of adaptation to sustainability issues.
  • Monthly intensive residential study weeks immerse students in their projects.
  • Collaboration with external designers, architects and community projects adds real-world practical experience to students' resumes.
  • The 22-month course allows graduates to respond to the urgent need for a greater understanding of sustainability issues in the built environment.

The MArch: Sustainable Architecture programme offers a unique blend of design and academic study together with practical experience. Students are equipped with the knowledge and vocational skills that are becoming increasingly important in the architectural profession.

The following modules are delivered via a lively mixture of practical workshops, studio-based design work, site visits, seminars and lectures:

  • Integrated Design Project 1
  • Integrated Design Project 2
  • Design & Build Project
  • Final Design Project
  • Technical Report
  • Architectural Analysis Through Writing 1
  • Architectural Analysis Through Writing 2
  • Dissertation
  • Professional Studies

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Students are continuously assessed via essays, reports, presentations and project design work.

There is a final exhibition of students’ designs exhibited in the prestigious WISE building and assessed by external examiners.

MArch: Sustainable Architecture updates CAT’s existing Part II validated course, the Professional Diploma in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies, which has been running successfully since 2008.

See the video of course lecturer Trish Andrews talking about the existing Professional Diploma course for an insight into studying architecture at CAT.

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