The MSc and MArch in Sustainable Environmental Design (SED) are postprofessional specialisation courses in an area currently much in demand within both architecture and engineering. The taught programme engages in real-life projects across building types in both cool and warm climates, aiming to improve environmental quality in cities, achieve independence from non-renewable energy sources and develop environmentally sustainable architectures capable of adapting to changing climates and urban environments. Design research is driven by evidence-based performance criteria following a process of adaptive architecturing, which proceeds from inside to outside, attuning built form and its constituents to recursive rhythms in nature and the circadian rhythms of occupant activities.
The taught programme is structured in two consecutive phases. Phase I (Terms 1 and 2) is organised around team projects involving MSc and MArch students in experimental fieldwork and computational studies, using the knowledge and tools introduced in weekly lectures and workshops. In Phase II (Terms 3 and 4), individual MSc and MArch research agendas reflect the nature of each student’s home climates, urban contexts and environmental interests, addressing living, working, learning and mixed-use environments. MSc dissertation projects explore the architectural potential and applicability of their research findings in the particular climatic and typological contexts identified. MArch dissertation research culminates in a specific design application for a given site and design brief.
REFURBISHING THE CITY
In Term 1, Refurbishing the City, a continuing SED research agenda, will launch a new round of London building case studies in collaboration with local architectural and engineering practices. On-site observations and measurements will be followed by the use of advanced computational tools to explore current and future environmental performance scenarios. The outcomes of these building studies will provide starting points for design research on mixed-use building programmes in Term 2. In Terms 3 and 4, individual research for the MSc and MArch dissertation projects will involve a diverse range of geographic locations, microclimatic conditions, urban morphologies and building typologies. Over the last ten years, well over 500 projects have been developed for locations across some 60 countries and 150 cities both North and South of the Equator, encompassing a wide range of climates, urban contexts and building types. These projects now form part of a growing SED archive. Some 100 of these projects have been documented in research papers published in books, journals and conference proceedings. This year’s work will be presented at the PLEA 2020 Conference to be held in A Coruña, Spain, in early September.
You are required to meet the minimum academic and reference requirements outlined below for your desired programme. Overseas applicants must also meet the English language qualifications requirements outlined below.
Successful applicants who are awaiting the outcome of future examination results will be issued a conditional offer. These conditions must be met by the date outlined on the offer letter in order to be eligible to enter the School.
Applicants who will not complete their degree until after June 2020 are encouraged to contact the Postgraduate Admissions Team prior to applying for the 2020/21 academic year.
Minimum Academic Requirements
MSc Sustainable Environmental Design (12 months): Professional degree or diploma in architecture, engineering or other relevant discipline
MArch Sustainable Environmental Design (16 months): Five-year professional architectural degree (BArch/Diploma equivalent)
English Language Requirements (All Applicants)
All applicants must be able to provide evidence of competency in both spoken and written English. The AA reserves the right to make a place in the School conditional on gaining a further English language qualification if deemed necessary.
More info at: https://www.aaschool.ac.uk/APPLY/ADMISSIONS/postgradApp.php