Architecture & Environmental Design BSc Honours
Our 2016 undergraduate courses feature some exciting new changes based on student feedback, which include providing more opportunities for you to broaden your knowledge and skills while here. See full details about the changes to our undergraduate courses.
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Anticipated offer for 2016
|A Levels||AAB with at least one A-Level at Grade B or above in Physics or Mathematics|
|International Baccalaureate||35 points|
|Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma||DDM|
Plus, at least three GCSEs at grade C or above (including English, Mathematics and Science).
Plus, a good standard of numeracy and written and spoken English. Students whose secondary education has been in a language other than English, should have attained IELTS 6.5 or a Westminster-recognised equivalent.
Plus a portfolio of your own work. The portfolio of work should illustrate your skills, talents and interests through a variety of media and forms; it may include sketches, drawings, collages, modelling and 3d work. The portfolio should evidence your creative process as well as the final outcome, so please include developmental work as well as final pieces (CAD drawings or software photo manipulations need not be included). You may be asked to attend interview and present your portfolio or to submit work online.
This new course encompasses the ‘artistic’ and the ‘scientific’ to create a new generation of architects who are not only environmentally aware, but able to quantify the environmental and energy impact of their designs.
You will develop your creative environmental design, technical and analytical skills, as well as your critical thinking and awareness of the wider architectural context. This course will give you skills which can be used both in architectural practice and in environmental design consultancy.
Half your time on the course will be spent on studio-based design activities and half on climatic, historical, cultural, socio-economic and professional studies. All modules have a strong interdisciplinary approach that highlights the added value environmental architects bring to the building industry and to society.
The course is currently pending RIBA validation, though an application for validation has been submitted. The University is confident of gaining successful validation at which point all students who have successfully completed the course will be awarded a RIBA (Part 1) validated qualification required for Professional Registration.
Subjects of study
The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
Over the three years the course will cover specific subject areas:
Year 1: Sensing the Environment
In the first year you will gain knowledge of environmental principles driving architectural thinking, and learn quantification skills enabling you to conduct environmental and energy performance evaluation of design proposals. You will acquire fundamental skills (technical, design and representation skills) through your personal experience of architectural space.
Typical subject areas covered will include:
- Architectural and Environmental Design 1
- History of Architecture
- Environmental Design and Principles of Building Physics
Year 2: Transformation and Application
You will consolidate and apply the principles and skills acquired in Year 1 to a wider context, moving from the personal space to the remit of the building and its surroundings.
Typical subject areas covered will include:
- Climate, Energy and Architecture
- Environmental Design in Cities
- Theories and Histories of Environmental Design
- Zero-plus Energy Buildings
Year 3: Stepping out and Making
In your year-long thesis project you will focus on the design, making and testing of a prototype/component, preparing you to step out into practice confident in the use of various environmental design and performance testing methods.
Typical subject areas will include:
- Research Brief
- Final Thesis Project
- Prototype fabrication and testing
- Professional Practice
- Environmental and Energy Performance
This course will give you skills which can be used both in architectural practice and in environmental design consultancy. The research issues explored in your final thesis project could also lead to further research to be pursued in the Department of Architecture’s MArch (Part II) and MSc programmes.
You will be taught by a team of academics with an international track record and expertise in the field of environmental design. External contributors from industry and practice will enrich the lecture-based courses and the design studio activities.
Academic teaching staff will include:
- Dr Rosa Schiano-Phan, Course Leader of the Architecture and Environmental Design MSc. Rosa has 17 years’ experience in the field of environmental design devoting most of her career to consultancy and research, working for global organisations and with international partners.
- Dr Nasser Golzari, architect, academic and practitioner with project experience in the UK and Middle East. Nasser was part of the design team for the project ‘Revitalisation of Birzeit Historic Centre’ in Palestine which has received the Aga Khan award 2014.
- Dr Jon Goodbun, architect, academic, practitioner, and cultural theorist. John’s practice focuses on ecological design and spatial interface.
- Will McLean, architect, academic, author, leader of the Technical Studies Programme for architectural studies from undergraduate level to the Diploma in Professional Practice (Part III).
- Virginia Rammou, Course Leader of the Architectural Technology BSc Honours. Virginia has several years’ experience in undergraduate teaching and interdisciplinary links between architecture and engineering.
The course is delivered at our central London Marylebone Campus, which is easily accessible by all forms of public transport.
Design work is developed within dedicated studio spaces. In addition to a state-of-the-art CAD lab, a complete suite of 100 computers has been installed in the design studios to the highest specification and with all the latest software. Together, these facilities offer a wide range of drawing, graphics and video applications. Metalworking and woodworking work-shops, as well as other support facilities are also available. These include the Fabrication Laboratory, launched in April 2015, providing an innovative learning environment offering advanced digital making facilities which enable processes such as ABS and plaster 3D printing, CNC knife cutting, large-scale CNC routing, CNC metal milling and robot fabrication.
The course also makes use of our construction laboratories which contain a wide range of testing equipment for assessing environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity, day-lighting, air velocity and sound; and surveying equipment.
Additional costs information
To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.
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Career Development Centre
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We can help you to:
- find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
- explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
- plan your career development
- identify your career options
- market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
- develop your enterprise skills
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Find out more about the Career Development Centre.
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