Year one of the programme is to be practice based, where you will extend your year out experience into a second year, while undertaking a broad university-based programme of humanities, technical, practice, research, and design focused modules.
The core of the year is practice based research and associated design exploration, with a practice based design research project in autumn semester leading onto a design exploration of your research findings in spring. Specialist research modules during this year in practice will allow you to obtain valuable practice led research skills for your future career.
All of the taught modules in spring semester have been designed to integrate with the live design studio project, and will offer modules in professional studies and technical / tectonic matters that complement your studio design work. This holistic approach is not only geared towards meeting the ARB/RIBA prescription of qualification requirements for Part 2, but will offer an all-round perspective of the profession on a singular scheme.
Building Case Study
This module provides the opportunity for you to develop your understanding of the nature and context of architectural practice, particularly focusing on how environmental principles, strategies, and technologies inform the design and development of buildings.
During your extended period in practice,you will become more aware of the range of skills and knowledge that inform the design and construction of buildings, and of the different professions such as acousticians, lighting specialists and environmental designers that contribute to this process.
This module requires you to apply this knowledge in the critical appraisal of a building case study of their choice that draws upon the experience gained from practical experience, and the knowledge obtained from distance-based learning via the Moodle platform.
The analysis of a building either currently being developed by practice, or via post occupancy evaluation of a practice scheme is encouraged by the University.
The study will develop from an integrative and holistic perspective and explore professional knowledge centred on how environmental design and technologies have informed the design outcomes of the selected building.
Culture and Context in Practice
This seminar module aims to support the development of architectural thinking to an advanced level through a critical examination of architectural culture. It offers the opportunity to support the Architectural Research Study by contextualising the chosen area of research being undertaken in the co-requisite module, Architectural Research Study in the broader theoretical and culture context of architecture.The alternative to this is to develop a separate piece of theoretical work in line with the on campus version of this module, Design, Culture and Context.The work will be developed in liaison with the practice mentor and the module convenor, and allows you to develop a literature review and/or propose a relevant research method for further research exploration and will be supported by a series of humanities / theory lectures delivered on MOODLE.
Professional Studies in Practice
The course will give an overview of architectural practice, with particular emphasis on legal frameworks, forms of contract, and structure of architect’s services (RIBA Work Stages) with an emphasis on more complex client relationships, project partnering, joint venture working.
Lectures and workshops will cover construction law, building regulations and planning law. All delivered content will be streamed to co-ordinate with the practical application of the co-requisite live design studio project. It will also cover professionalism, business management, project financing, risk management and the building team. he scope also includes the financial implications of construction costs as related to decisions about procurement routes, contract and design decisions, CDM Legislation and the implications of the Equalities Act.
The activities of this module will generally be programmed to complement the development of the associated live design studio project, Live Design Studio and Reflective Practice portfolio, to allow you to apply the theoretical concepts to their design project work and analysis of the professional practice environment.
Record of Architectural Practice
For this module you’ll create a record of your semester in practice and your Research in Practice Project. During your placement, you’ll record your practical experiences and evaluate your performance. At the end, you’ll submit a Professional Experience Development Record (PEDR) for assessment and a personal statement. The module is based on the ARB/RIBA on-line scheme for recording practical training (details at www.pedr.co.uk).
Architectural Urbanism Studio
This module is a design studio that aims to develop architectural design and critical thinking skills to an advanced level. Its activities follow a design process, in which analytical investigations and research explorations into a particular theme, site and research problem are duly applied to inform the development of architectural proposals.
Students have a choice of studio units, each of which embodies a distinct approach derived from their specific thematic focus and research specialism, such as Urban Building, Tectonics and Fabrication, or Humanities.
Design, Culture and Context
This lecture and seminar module (20 credits, Autumn semester) aims to support the development of architectural thinking to an advanced level through a critical examination of architectural culture. It introduces key critical thinkers such as Bourdieu, Freire, Foucault, Merleau-Ponty and Heidegger, and historians from the high modernists such as Pevsner and Giedion, through Banham to Jencks. It discusses architecture in relation to its institutions like the magazine and the competition, as well as architectural education, and you will critically reflect on your own position within architectural culture.
Environment and Technology 1
This lecture-based module aims to develop practical knowledge, understanding and ability of the environmental, construction, structural and technological dimensions of architectural design. The module is designed to support practical applications in the studio and reinforces your skills in the integrative nature of architectural design. You’ll have a two-hour lecture and a three-hour workshop each week.
Professional Studies 1
This 20 credit module will give you an overview of architectural practice and management and construction law. You’ll learn about topics such as:
- Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
- business management
- building procurement routes
- RIBA work stages
- risk management
- CDM legislation and universal access legislation
You’ll have two hours of lectures per week for this module (Spring semester).
Architectural Design Studio
This design studio aims to develop the student’s core design, critical thinking and application skills as prescribed by the ARB/RIBA for Part II students. Its end result is the production of a Comprehensive Design Project.
The studio’s main project is structured by a rigorous design process that leads progressively from analytical investigations into site, programme and context, through to synthesis of a summary concept, which is ultimately applied towards resolving a complex building programme.
Environment and Technology 2
Following on from Environment and Technology 1, this lecture-based module aims to develop your practical knowledge and understanding of the environmental, construction, structural and technological dimensions of architectural design. The module is designed to support practical applications in the studio, reinforcing skills in the integrative nature of architectural design. You’ll have a two-hour lecture and a three-hour workshop each week.
Professional Studies 2