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  • Qualification

    MArch - Master of Architecture

  • Location

    Architectural Association School Of Architecture

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    16 months

Course summary

Housing and Urbanism enables students from architecture and related disciplines to understand and address the complexities of urban transformation to become stronger as professionals, scholars and critics. While design learning and investigation form the core of our programme, a complementary aim of this work is to deepen students’ grasp of the politics and practicalities that are shaping change in cities today.

Our primary interest is in specific projects that are strong enough to initiate or further the positive transformation of urban areas. We work across scales, from detailed plans of contemporary housing to the mobility infrastructures of regional metropolises. The capacity for critical synthesis drives all of our work and enables students to understand their project as the coalescence of a range of urban forces and trends. The curriculum centres on design-led research leading to an individual thesis. A collaborative Design Workshop forms the central element of the coursework and the student experience, with lectures and seminars informing students’ design work and broadening their scholarly understanding of urban trends and histories.

Each year, we focus on a set of specific research themes around which our workshops, study trips and collaborations are organised. We will supervise study in five thematic areas: Complex Living, focused on emerging trends in housing and urban lifestyles; Workspace Urbanity, promoting intensive integration of work environments into the contemporary city; Mobility and Integration, exploring the projects which best unlock the potential of new mobility infrastructure; Urbanity and the Politics of Wellbeing, critically reviewing the ever-expanding opportunities and challenges of the contemporary focus upon health and Augmented Informality, working with the dynamism of informal settlements to find new solutions for enhancing their urban qualities. Taken together, these themes allow us to provide an overview of some of the most important drivers of change today, while also enabling each student to refine an individual and specific area of research.

Housing and Urbanism holds to a comparative and international tradition. While London, as an outstanding global city, forms our primary research laboratory, we also undertake an annual European study trip to investigate leading projects elsewhere, such as Berlin, Paris, Copenhagen or Vienna. In addition, the programme collaborates every year with a host city and a university in a sponsored, intensive workshop addressing a specific live challenge under conditions of complexity and rapid change. Our partner cities have included Bogotá, Recife, Taipei, Hanoi, Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City. All housing and Urbanism students become part of a vibrant network of international urban learning.

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University information

Architectural Association School Of Architecture

  • Campus address

    Architectural Association School Of Architecture, 36 Bedford Square, Camden, London, Greater London, WC1B 3ES, England

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