University of East London

School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, London, UK

Teaching architecture requires an understanding that all and any tools may be necessary to approach the task of making ‘Place’. Underpinning our recording, understanding and designing of ‘Place’ is the presumption that it is produced through collective action. Without engaging with physical, social, ideological and methodological relationships that define the uniqueness of a locality, we cannot judge how to participate meaningfully and positively through the act of designing architecture.

Our Design Studio Units bring diverse pedagogical approaches achieve a more nuanced appreciation of ‘Places’ and what constitutes them. Our teaching year brings diversity together - through meeting, presentation and debate with users and policy makers our students open new situations and new insights as a form of action research. We are interested in the idea that we collect and condense a set of global experiences and share them, as design, as built fragments of real time, as real spatial experience, as real ‘Place’.

Architecture at UEL sits within the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, and is a key area for programme innovation. Live design projects taken through to construction, specialist Masters courses that the RIBA Part 2 students ‘plug into’, a new in-school RIBA Chartered practice for 2015, setting standards for research and impact whilst achieving outstanding student satisfaction survey feedback demonstrates our strengths.

With new partner courses in Interior Design, Architectural Technology and Product Design, we are extending our ethos of socially relevant, ambitious change-making to the wider design field – always underpinned by a close focus on the relationship between material and place, between strategy and detail.

Degree Programs at the University of East London

La Conde Duque – Centrodeportivo, Madrid – Jonas (Unit C)

Professional BSc RIBA Part 1

The BSc (Hons) Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 1) programme at UEL provides the educational basis necessary to become a practising architect. Students are taught in small groups, or studios, under the direction of design tutors. Studios work autonomously on bespoke programmes led by the design tutors and supported by history and theory, technical and computing staff. The programme emphasises learning through the process of making, and the critical reflection of what has been made. In this way, creativity and critical judgement are developed within each student. Students receive personal tuition each week from tutors who are practising architects. Most of the learning is done through design project work in the School’s excellent studios and workshops. Since the aim is to develop to the full each student’s creativity and judgement, the programme is highly demanding.

Start date: September
Duration: 3 years full-time
Fees (2015/16): £9,000

Contact: Christian Groothuizen, c.t.groothuizen@uel.ac.uk

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Anatomical dissection of a chair – Bruna and Remaiye (Unit F)

BA Interior Design

Our interior design teaching balances a respect and understanding of the past and the present with an inspirational, poetic and innovative stance towards the future. By doing this you can explore the huge range and diversity of interiors practice that is possible, from the very ‘historical’ to the intentionally ‘scenographic’, and work in fields ranging from pop-up event and furniture design to complex regeneration and heritage projects. By building an awareness of the timescales and lifespans of interior projects you will encounter the full range of roles and relationships that are required when working with clients and other professionals involved in realising projects, from art director through to detailed designer.

Start date: September
Fees (2015/16): full-time £9,000, part-time £2,250 per 30 credit module

Contact: Rashid Ali, r.ali@uel.ac.uk

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BA Architectural Technology

This is a new interdisciplinary course integrating architecture, building engineering, construction technology and construction management. The course provides the ability to assess design and construction factors in the built environment to produce effective and efficient technical design solutions that satisfy performance and procurement criteria, where sustainable development, administrative, managerial, regulatory, technical and aesthetic issues are of major importance.

Start date: September
Fees (2015/16): full-time £9,000, part-time £2,250 per 30 credit module

Contact: Michele Roelofsma, m.roelofsma@uel.ac.uk

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BA Product Design

Product designers have a unique process for solving problems and contributing to the product development process. This process can be used to tackle a wide range of problems including developing strategies that help determine the future direction of a business.

The approach is human-centred and starts with observing and understanding people. The process then continues with the designer prototyping the inspirations gained. Practical skills such as drawing, computer modelling and model making are all applied to communicate the ideas. The process involves continuous research and the consultation of the relevant expertise and evidence that is needed to develop a viable and innovative product or strategy.

During the programme you will develop a balance of creative and technical skills together with the required base knowledge of applied production, engineering and materials technology.

Start date: September
Fees (2015/16): full-time £9,000, part-time £2,250 per 30 credit module

Contact: Paul Lighterness, p.j.lighterness@uel.ac.uk

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Object oriented materialism, Karosta – Moksud (Unit 6)

Professional MArch RIBA Part 2

The MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2) programme at UEL provides the educational framework that enables students who successfully complete the programme to have exemption from Part 2 of the ARB/RIBA Examination. This is one of the 3 Parts required to achieve qualification to register as an Architect in the UK. Students are taught in small groups, or units, under the direction of design tutors. Units work independently within the framework of the programme, led by the design tutors and supported by technical, computing, and history and theory staff. The programme emphasises learning through the process of making and the critical reflection of what has been made.In this way creativity and critical judgement are developed. Students receive personal tuition each week from tutors who are practising architects.

Start date: September
Duration: 2 years full-time
Fees (2015/16): continuing students £3,465, new students £9,000

Contact: Roland Karthaus, r.f.karthaus@uel.ac.uk

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The geometry of Borromini – Plaster analysis, Moiko (Unit 3)

Professional Landscape Architecture MA

This programme has been awarded full accreditation from the Landscape Institute. We work collaboratively with students on site-based projects, using London as a design resource in order to examine and propose new ways in which the urban landscape might operate. This programme explicitly focuses on the requirements of the profession of landscape architecture in the UK. It draws upon a wide theoretical and historical base, which is interwoven with technical and practical knowledge to provide skills for a professional career in landscape architecture. We work on live projects when possible, collaborating with architecture and urban design MA programmes to ensure that the study of landscape architecture at UEL parallels the interdisciplinary and collaborative working nature of professional practice.

Start: September
Fees (2015/16): full-time £6,480, part-time £2,160 per 60 credit module

Contact: David Buck, d.n.Buck@uel.ac.uk

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Masters Programme in Architecture

The MA Architecture and Design programme offers a critical expansion of the Professional Masters in Architecture (MArch) through a set of specialist study routes linked to our research agendas: Urban Design, Sustainable Design, Computational Design and Design for International Development. These specialisms extend and deepen common themes within the school − socially engaged place-making and a commitment to qualitative material architecture that addresses tangible connections between strategy and detail. Each specialist route is offered as a stand-alone one-year 180 credit Masters programme, with each contributing 60 credits of taught theory to the Professional MArch course, meaning that Architecture students studying for RIBA Part 2 can, post qualification, enroll for a 60-credit thesis module to achieve an MA in their chosen specialism in addition to their MArch RIBA Part 2 award. New for 2015 is an MA specialism in the role of architecture in international development and disaster relief.

Start: September
Fees (2015/16): full-time £6,990, part-time £2,330 per 60 credit module

Contact: Alan Chandler, a.chandler@uel.ac.uk

Masters in Research: Critical Cities

This course is specifically focused on developing the critical writing skills of built environment practitioners to build deeper intellectual positions on practice, and to facilitate the undertaking of an architectural doctorate. In the past 30 years the development of cities has taken a particular and striking course, in which democratic processes have been displaced by financialisation, and the form and layout of cities influenced by triumphalist. discourses, iconic ‘grand projects’ and mega events. This programme offers a perspective from which to critically examine the underlying ideas and procedures of such developments, specifically neo-liberal policies and their effect on urban layout, architectural form and social justice. London’s Docklands has been a test bed for radical models of development, which though initially controversial, have now become a mainstream template for regeneration. The course is led by Anna Minton, author of the book Ground Control, with architectural theorist Dr Douglas Spencer. Award-winning practitioners Katherine Clarke, director at MUF, Maria Alessandra Segantini, director of C+S, Tony Fretton, emeritus professor at TU Delft and director of Tony Fretton Architects are the thesis supervisors.

Start: September
Fees (2015/16): full-time £6,990, part-time £2,330 per 60 credit module

Contact: Alan Chandler, a.chandler@uel.ac.uk

Research

Research in Architecture at UEL is manifest through targeted multi-disciplinary collaboration to engage at an immediate, local scale while making intellectual and technical connections to acknowledged global challenges.

Research is underpinned by in-depth urban case studies and the analysis of critical socio-political conditions. Through analysis of existing conditions it is our goal to provoke new forms of community design patterns, taking into account the complex set of social, economic and cultural backgrounds as well as ‘ecology’ in the form of energy efficiency, environmental quality and community resilience.

Massive societal change is not only happening, but accelerating. ‘Global urbanization’ and ‘digital technologies’ and ‘sustainable cities’ are catch-all descriptions that demand rigorous critique in order to support communities and the spaces they occupy.

Architectural research at UEL is participatory, with staff, students, clients and communities working on the production of ‘place as knowledge’. An expanding network of academic and institutional collaborations characterize the outputs of our recent research. We engage locally but with a global perspective through the UEL architectural research centre – ‘Place Production Group’.

A. Chandler with C. Puga, P. Velasco, A. Moletto. Palacio Pereira, 2012-2016, Santiago, Chile C+S Architects, Harbour Brain Building, 2011, Venice, Italy. Photo: Pietro Savorelli

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