The 2019-2020 year saw the full running of the newly reformed Master of Architecture course. Setting up a two-year trajectory for students that supports the development of individual research agendas as well as professional knowledge. It provides a platform for students to develop and nurture their preferred pathways into the discipline with input from academic, professional, and affiliated professions.
The M.Arch first year delivers core knowledge and experience through modules that cover design studio, architectural humanities, building and environment, and future practice. These provide opportunities to gain a knowledge and experience base to prepare students to develop critical outputs in their final year of the Master course.
The M.Arch second year offers a design and research focussed year. With the Design Thesis studio at the core of the year, the Research Practices module engages students to critically assess their own methodologies of designing and working. This is then followed by the Research and Practice Specialisation module that provides a platform for the students to establish and explore their own agendas in parallel to the Design Thesis.
Three design studios ran this year, and all offered unique studio briefs with diverging architectural interests and agendas. Studio 1 were retrofitting a medieval town, Studio 2 designing towers in the forest, and Studio 4 making new villages in a floodplain. However, these divergent aims were bound together by location, the south-east of the UK, and the evolving environmental changes that the region faces and the impacts this will have on how we live now, and how we could be living in the future.