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Professional Diploma in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies (Part II Architecture)


Course Description

Part II in Sustainable Architecture

Intended specifically for students pursuing a career in Architecture, the Professional Diploma course offers a unique combination of design-based academic study and practical hands-on learning. The course is prescribed as a Part II qualification by the Architects Registration Board and is recognised by the EU, thereby enabling students to move on to a Part III qualification.

Students are introduced to a range of skills that are increasingly in demand within the building industry. The focus is on designing buildings in their context, to allow for adaptation to the effects of climate change and to create healthy environments for all.

Teaching is delivered in the WISE building - itself an example of recent developments in sustainable construction - and includes a mix of studio- based design work, lectures, seminars and practicals. The annual Summer School enables students to design, detail and build a structure at CAT using the local materials available.

Modules include

- Design studies with professional practice
- Building performance and energy use
- Building performance and the use of materials
- Design and fabrication: renewable energy engineering
- Environment, energy, climate and human beings

What qualification will you receive?

Successful completion of the programme Professional Diploma in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Sudies at the Centre for Alternative Technology leads to the award of Professional Diploma (ProfDip) by UEL.

Course Structure

The programme runs as eight interlinked modules over a period of eighteen months. The major design project module consists of 60 credits; with two further 30 credit design modules. Each support studies module consists of 30 credits.
The programme is divided into two parts:
Design Studies, forming the core activity
Support Studies, consisting of Environment and Energy Fundamentals, Building Technology in an Environmental Context, History and Theory of Architecture and Professional Studies.

At the beginning of each Module students are given the Module Book which contains lecture notes, reading material, examples of student essays and design work and various items of information and administration. During each module there will be cross disciplinary seminars, workshops and tutorials, as well as specialised design sessions.

Why study at CAT?

Studying at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is a truly unique experience. For the past 40 years CAT has been at the forefront of the environmental movement, pioneering low-carbon living and renewable technology. At the Graduate School of the Environment (GSE), students benefit from our extensive practical and academic knowledge, graduating with the skills needed to become leading players in the sustainability sector.

Hands-on learning

At CAT, hands-on learning takes place side by side with academic study. Residential on-site block learning weeks are taught at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), a truly unique and inspiring learning environment. Nestled in a disused slate quarry on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, CAT is a living laboratory for paractical, sustainable solutions. It contains some of the most innovative and renowned environmentally conscious buildings in the country, as well as one of the most diverse range of installed renewable technologies, on site water and sewage treatment, sustainably managed woodland and acres of organic gardens.

Practical building and knowledge sharing

Alongside their design and academic work, students of the Professional Diploma in Architecture also participate in a variety of building projects. This allows them to get practical experience and understanding of the complexities of what happens once their designs leave the architectural studio. During these projects architecture students work alongside MSc students who will go into complimentary building professions allowing for networking and a wealth of transferable knowledge.

Immersive learning environment

Optional residential module weeks include lectures, seminars, group work and practicals. Applied work tends to dominate later in the week once we have laid the theoretical groundwork. These module weeks provide a truly immersive environment to escape daily life and apply yourself to new learning. Many eminent experts give guest lectures or hold seminars during these modules, as it is a course which seeks to draw on the expertise and learning of the whole environmental sector.

Is this the course for you?

If you would like to visit for a free overnight stay during a module, attend lectures and workshops and meet staff and students, please contact the Student Support Officer:

For more information visit: gse.cat.org.uk


Visit the Professional Diploma in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies (Part II Architecture) page on the Centre for Alternative Technology website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Janna Laan

5241.jpg “CAT’s a place which is full of people who have so much hope and energy. It’s more than a place to study, it’s a whole experience. ”
During her studies in Interior Architecture, Janna became very interested in sustainability and incorporated this passion into her undergraduate degree portfolio. After graduation she went travelling for a year which opened her eyes to the environmental issues faced on a global scale. Inspired to help change things for the better, Janna decided to study further with a strong focus on sustainability.
She was introduced to CAT by a previous student and decided to attend the Professional Diploma in Architecture Part Two. As her passion for sustainability was strongly evident in her portfolio she was able to build on her interior architecture undergraduate degree. She was drawn to CAT because she liked the centre’s perspective of looking at architecture within the built environment as a whole, and the determination to take on such a huge environmental challenge in the construction industry.
Straight out of CAT, Janna and a fellow MSc student set up a business called ‘building naturally’, which is a network directory for the natural building industry. In 2015, Janna also founded Grain Architecture: a design practice specialising in the use of natural materials, which has now taken on many projects across the south from house extensions and new-build houses to community developments. In the future, she aims to create a rural community with shared resources as model for rural development and agriculture, for a healthier and more resilient way of living - a project that she explored during her final project at CAT.


(Scholarship)

The Sir John Houghton Bursary - Single Award

Sir John has had an illustrious career as one of the world’s most eminent climate scientists, including being co-chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Scientific Assessment Working Group and a former Chief Executive of the Met Office.A long term supporter of the work of the Centre for Alternative Technology, Sir John says:‘I have spent a lifetime studying the atmosphere and the climate and latterly have been concerned with the reality of human induced climate change. I now want to help the next generation tackle this serious problem, possibly the biggest the world faces.’

Value of Scholarship(s)

4500

Eligibility

Thanks to a generous donation from Sir John Houghton, CAT is able to offer an annual bursary of £4,500 to a promising postgraduate student who demonstrates that they have an excellent academic record and a passion for tackling climate change.

Application Procedure

Grant applications must be made on the bursary application form and sent to Kit Jones at [email protected] The deadline for applications 26th June 2016.

Further Information

http://gse.cat.org.uk/bursary



Entry Requirements

Exemption from RIBA part . Presentation of a portfolio of work. Applicants who have been educated overseas but lack RIBA part 1 exemption can gain exemption by presenting their previous work independently to the Architects Registration Board (ARB) as an external student.

Course Fees

UK and EEA students: £6000 per year for each of the two years of the programme, plus full-board accommodation from £40/person/night


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