Develop a portfolio of advanced skills and knowledge across several architectural disciplines, with a focus on sustainable architectural design. The interdisciplinary MSc in Sustainable Architecture Studies programme provides research-led learning and teaching. It will inspire and enable you to pursue innovative research and design strategies for the built environment.
Our graduates are architects, project managers, urban designers and client advisers.
Employers include the Olympic Park Legacy Company, Hawkins Brown, Renzo Piano Building Workshop and URBED (Urbanism, Environment and Design) Ltd. With a post-qualification degree, you could move on to a senior position or further academic research and teaching.
You’ll be joining one of the largest and most diverse groups of full-time architecture academics in the country. Our staff come from the arts, physical and social sciences, and engineering. This connects our research to other disciplines and stimulates debate about the future of architecture.
Our international research projects shape policy and address public and professional needs. We integrate those projects with our teaching on courses that will develop your core skills. You’ll be encouraged to provide social and environmental solutions to the challenges of our time.
The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranks us fourth in the UK.
You’ll have access to a lot of specialist facilities. Our media unit has a range of audio-visual and environmental equipment including artificial sky for daylight simulation, a thermal imaging camera and a mixed reality imaging suite. We have our own photography studio, reprographics unit and 3D printers. There are design studios, research rooms and computer labs.
Our teaching is more than lectures and seminars. Our student-led design projects help you learn by doing. Working with real clients on real projects, you’ll discover the benefits of socially engaged design and collaborative working. The outcomes make a difference to communities.
Building Environmental Simulation and Analysis; Renewable Energy; Sustainable Design Project 1; Sustainable Design Project 2; Principles of Building Physics for Sustainable Design; Sustainable Design Thesis Project.
You can choose to specialise in low impact materials or in advanced computing.
Your work in the design studio is supported through lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical computer work. Assessment is by course-based assignments, examinations and a dissertation.
Research initiatives and studio workshops led by eminent visiting professors and internationally recognised professionals offer students an opportunity to develop their architectural skills on a global scale. In addition to the permanent Faculty of award-winning practicing architects and published scholars, the Abedian School of Architecture has developed partnerships with leading educators and professionals around the world who actively contribute to the architectural program.
Students have complete access to all the Architecture equipment and studios. The School is characterized by very small class sizes in a dedicated studio environment. Students have 24/7 access to the brand new architecture building, designed by Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham of CRAB Studio, London. A strong studio culture is driven by student collaboration, social engagement, and consistent one-on-one interaction with academic staff. The Workshop and Digital Fabrication Lab provides opportunities in design as part of the new generation of architecture. Studio, workshop and digital based learning are core components of Architectural studies with practical hands-on projects contributing to a large part of the programs.
The Master of Architecture at the Abedian School of Architecture is designed to develop the emerging architectural professional to be fearless in their design ability, as well as possess the confidence to change the world and the habitats of the future through their creative design skills, imaginative vision, strategic thinking and technical proficiency. The Master of Architecture is delivered through a comprehensive design studio environment, current issues are debated through historical and philosophical architectural thought as well as contemporary states of urban habitation, challenges to a sustainable ecology and the ramifications of modern technology. Professional architectural concerns in law, contracts and ethics are also examined which prepare students for the commercial world of architectural practice.
The Australian Institute of Architects and the Board of Architects of Queensland currently recognise and accredit the Master of Architecture program. The Bachelor of Architectural Studies is recognised as the normal pathway to the Master of Architecture.
The Master of Architecture program is delivered within a comprehensive design studio environment. Each studio contains a combination of practical and professional applications, theoretical studies, technical proficiency and conceptual rigour. Each studio forms a discrete stage in the Masters sequence, culminating in a Master’s Thesis studio in the final semester of study, bringing integrated skills and knowledge together.
You must complete the following subjects:
PLUS one (1) Faculty elective from the Faculty of Society & Design list of postgraduate subjects.
A study tour is also available as an elective option for students.
This course is a professionally accredited Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Architects Registration Board (ARB) route to apart 2 qualification in architecture. It is suitable for part 1 graduates with or without practical experience, as it provides the opportunity to work alongside your studies.
The course creatively explores the role of architecture as a socially and environmentally sustainable practice with which to design spaces, buildings and cities for an increasingly uncertain future.
Across a range of design, technical, social and theoretical modules, you explore the potential of a socially and physically sustainable approach to design, architecture and urbanism.
The course provides a platform for you to develop an ambitious and exciting personal agenda within architecture. You are encouraged to produce original, visionary, and aspirational design propositions, which are always rooted in, and emerge from, real existing conditions.
You apply your skills and knowledge on an international field trip in year two or three.
Through the design projects and related modules, you develop experimental design and critical research skills.
In year four, the design studio 4 module uses collective research to allow you to develop individual proposals for new social and architectural interventions within Sheffield. Studio 4 is building a body of research and proposals around our city; recent themes have included Reintroducing Death to the City, Controversies of Architecture at Park Hill, and Hacking the Upper Don Valley.
Years five and six employ a vertical system for design, with three Atelier. Design projects have been sited in The Netherlands (Rotterdam, Utrecht and Delft) and in various locations across the UK. The Atelier sessions all pursue the development of innovative and creative architectural design proposals in response to your study and analysis of real-life social, cultural and environmental conditions.
Three years full-time
Starts September and October
Year one core modules
Year two core modules
Year three core modules
The three year route, allows you to learn while in practice. Your academic study gives you an advanced entry point into the architectural profession and an added level of preparation for the Part 3 final examination in architecture.
This course improves your present working practices through deeper understanding, knowledge and focused professional skills.
You gain expertise in sustainable approaches to design – a subject of increasing global importance.
Although the focus is on gaining a professional qualification in architecture, the course also gives you access to related careers in • design • planning and urban design • construction • conservation • environmental design.