MSc Architecture and Environemental Design University of Westminster ABE - Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment

This MSc Architecture and Environemental Design course at University of Westminster will equip you with the skills that can be used both in architectural practice and environmental design consultancy. The research issues explored in your final thesis project could also lead to further research and an academic career through the path of a PhD degree in a number of related fields. So far graduates from this course have found employment in architectural practices where they lead sustainability groups, in consulting engineering companies where they cover the role of environmental consultants, or in academia where they have started PhDs in various UK universities or become research assistants in international research institutes.

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Here you'll gain the knowledge and tools to make informed design decisions based on post-occupancy feedback and performance analysis, towards a new paradigm of environmental architecture, which is environmentally and energy conscious, yet sensitive to the contextual and socio-cultural landscape we live in. You'll learn environmental design methods which relate to the various stages of architectural design for a healthier and less energy and carbon intensive built environment. You'll be able to evaluate existing buildings and design new ones following a combined bioclimatic and building occupant-focused approach.

This interdisciplinary and international course will provide you with skills that can be applied to diverse building typologies and global climatic, environmental and contextual issues. On completion of this course, you'll have a thorough understanding of the principles and methodology of environmental design and will develop critical thinking skills to challenge established practices. You'll hold the knowledge and the practical tools to better understand existing buildings for retrofit and to design new ones – positively driving change in this field and moving towards a truly environmentally conscious architecture.

The MSc Architecture and Environemental Design course at University of Westminster  covers both the wider contextual and sustainable approach to environmental design, and the more technical aspects of environmentally and energy conscious building design and performance. As well as taught modules, you'll take design-based modules where you'll apply quantitative and qualitative analysis to the study of existing built environments and to new design projects. This includes methods for the quantification of aspects related to health and wellbeing such as the relationship between air quality and the built environment.

Aims

Job roles

This course will prepare you for roles such as:

  • Energy modeller
  • Environmental analyst
  • Environmental architect
  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental design consultant
  • Environmental engineer
  • Microclimate consultant
  • Sustainability consultant
  • Sustainability coordinator
  • Sustainability modeller

Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including:

  • Atelier Ten
  • Bryden Wood
  • chapmanbdsp
  • Hilson Moran
  • Max Fordham
  • SOM
  • Studio 4215
  • USD
  • WSP

In the core design modules you will follow an evidence-based design approach where the acquisition of specialised software and analytical tools will be directly applied to an evaluation or design project.

As well as taught modules, you will take design-based modules where you will apply quantitative and qualitative analysis to the study of existing built environments and to new design projects. This includes methods for the quantification of aspects related to health and wellbeing such as the relationship between air quality and the built environment.

Industry links

Since 2016 the course has developed a Collaborative Thesis Programme with Industry, which has given our students the opportunity to be mentored and partnered with industry experts during their final thesis projects.

Industry partners have previously included:

  • Arcadis
  • Architype
  • Arup
  • chapmanbdsp
  • Hilson Moran
  • SOM
  • USD
  • WSP

You'll hear from guest speakers from academia and practice, with previous speakers including academics and researchers from the University of Cambridge, and representatives from:

  • Architype
  • BRE
  • chapmanbdsp
  • LCD
  • SOM

(CIH) Chartered Institute of Housing, TMI (Tourism Management Institute), CIAT (Chartered institute of architectural technologists), RTPI (The Royal Town Planning Institute)

  • Applicants with a Laurea Specialista, Diploma di Laurea, Corso di Laurea (prior to 1999), Licenza di Accademia di Belle Arti, Bachelors, Diploma Universitario with a minimum overall degree score of 90 can be considered for a relevant Masters programme.  
  • Exceptionally, consideration will be given to mature applicants who lack standard qualifications but have significant professional or managerial experience in a programme-related post.
Admission Requirements:
  • Bachelor
  • Equivalent qualification
The University offers a number of full tuition fee scholarships for UK/EU students.Visit the website for more information
Cost of the master: Not declared
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