Duration: 2 years (full time) or 3 years (part time)
Simple timetable Full-time: Monday, Wednesday, Friday Part-time: Monday or Friday
Entry requirements All applicants must normally hold a degree in architecture providing exemption from RIBA part 1. Desirably, overseas students should demonstrate that their work has received exemption from RIBA part 1 by undertaking the Architects Registration Board Prescribed Examination, or by giving the department reassurance that this will be successfully completed in the first year of study. Applicants for the part-time course should normally be working in practice. All students are required to attend an interview with a portfolio of work or, if applying from overseas, to send a portfolio of work to the admissions tutor; this may be in a digital format.
Course units (total 240 credits) Year 1 – Design – Theory – Digital Project – Environmental Technology – Dissertation – Practice Management Year 2 – Design – Dissertation – Design Economics – Theory – Technology Part-time students study the same number of units over 3 years.
Course description The programme provides students who have completed an undergraduate degree in architecture with the opportunity to define their own interests, speculating on a personal response to the design and making of architecture. Architecture is primarily a cultural activity, with significant connections to theoretical, technological, and historical narratives. The discipline is exceptionally responsive to change, and actively engages with both the internal world of ideas and external realities around us; modernity in the broadest sense is a critical part of the world view of successful architects.
Our aim therefore is to educate reflective and resourceful architecture graduates for the 21st century.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture is a strongly design-based course, underpinned by a firm base in theory and technology. The department is committed to a studio system as being the best medium for the exchange of ideas. Students on the course choose from three design studios identified by subject and theme. Each studio has developed its specialised approach to architecture based on specific responses to contemporary issues in the city, and the developing landscapes around cities. Issues explored include the relationship between architecture and urban design, architecture and popular culture, and architecture, geometry, and structure.
There is an emphasis on the observation and generation of alternative models for the city. This is developed through field trips to destinations such as Beijing, Berlin, Delhi, Dubai, Havana, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Jaipur, Las Vegas, Marrakech, Moscow, St Petersburg, and Tokyo.
Career opportunities The course is well connected to key practices in London. Many LSBU graduates also work abroad in the Gulf States, China and the Far East, and Russia and the ex-USSR republics.
Students may also use their qualification as an introduction to careers in critical writing, journalism, project management, teaching, media and broadcasting, research, and website or software design.
Typical background of applicant This course is usually intended for graduates of architecture courses where students have exemption from RIBA part 1. Applicants to this course will have a first degree in architecture (normally a 2:2 Hons or better); however, the university recognises that many individuals develop additional skills during their year out and will interview such applicants with a portfolio of both academic and practice work.
Professional recognition The course is unconditionally validated by the RIBA, and offers the professional award of RIBA part 2 on successful completion of the course; the course is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board.