University of Westminster

Faculty of Architecture
and the Built Environment
London, UK

The University of Westminster is one of the UK's leading centres for the study of Architecture and the Built Environment inspiring more than 2,000 students at its teaching base at Marylebone, in central London.

The Faculty aims to explore the core subject areas that address the future shape of our cities and encourage the dynamic thinking that makes our courses the envy of others.

The undergraduate programmes are based on strong links with industry professions, and our acclaimed postgraduate programmes offer a range of specialised courses underpinned by our strong research base.

Our research quality was recognised in the recent Research Assessment Exercise. Twenty per cent of the research in Architecture and the Built Environment was judged as ‘world-leading’ with 40 per cent judged as ‘international’.

A range of high-level consultancy activities complements this research, and brings our knowledge directly to bear in the outside world.

Degree Programs at the University of Westminster

Architecture BA Honours

The course is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) as meeting Part 1. Studio-based design activities constitute half of the course, the remaining half being devoted to history and theory, environmental, technological and professional studies. Westminster’s diverse and stimulating teaching and learning methods include studiobased tutorials, seminars and crits in addition to lectures, workshop sessions and visits to prominent buildings, exhibitions, galleries, museums and construction sites. Students will also complete a field trip in Year 2, and a work experience week in Year 3.

Start date: September
Duration: 3 years full-time
Fees (2015/16): Home/EU £9,000, Overseas £12,000

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Interior Architecture BA Honours

Interior architecture is a distinct discipline to architecture. Its focus is the creation of innovative and exciting interior spaces, primarily through the adaptation and spatial manipulation of existing buildings. The course promotes a critical approach to design, and acknowledges the importance of other closely related areas of three-dimensional design in shaping interiors. As well as consolidating existing skills, students are exposed to the theories that inform the creation of both utility and beauty, and learn the practical craft and technical dexterity required to realise design ideas. The study of light, colour, materials and tectonic aspects of design will reinforce an understanding of the processes involved in visualising interior space.

Start date: September
Duration: 3 years full-time
Fees (2015/16): Home/EU £9,000, Overseas £12,000

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Architectural Technology BSc Honours

Architectural technologists help to bring projects to fruition through making the technical decisions necessary to solve design problems. They need a sound understanding of the processes of design and construction and the management tools, particularly CAD, for the communication of design information. The skills they require are wide ranging, from design and architectural composition, technical analysis and presentation, to the business and management skills necessary for contract procurement and administration. Design and development is an increasingly complex issue, where the formation of design proposals and detailed decision making require expert and professional judgement. This course is structured to facilitate an appreciation of the multidisciplinary nature of the built environment, and a broad understanding of neighbouring disciplines.

Start date: September
Duration: 3 years full-time, 5 years part-time
Fees (2015/16): Home/EU £9,000, Overseas £12,000

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Josh Haywood. Pop-Up Mosque Trafalgar
Master of Architecture MArch RIBA Part 2
Design studio 10 with tutors Toby Burgess and Arthur Mamou-Mani

Architecture MA

The Architecture MA incorporates a number of different study options including an extensive range of individual module choices and three specialist pathways in Cultural Identity and Globalisation, History and Theory, and Digital Media. Situated in the progressive intellectual milieu of London, the Architecture MA programme offers a flexible programme of study and a unique opportunity to pursue advanced postgraduate research combining high-level theoretical investigation with innovative design approaches.

Start date: September
Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Fees (2015/16): Home/EU £7,500, Overseas £11,500

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Interior Design MA

This course promotes a dynamic and speculative approach to the design of interior spatial environments and values research that seeks to challenge traditional methodologies. It offers the opportunity to pursue particular issues of interest in interior design or specialist areas of three-dimensional design, through concise and focused study. Design modules deal with contemporary issues in a variety of interior design typologies, including retail, exhibition, gallery, performance and speculative efforts broadly described as installation. Careful studies are made in the pursuit of a fresh approach to their design resolution, through analogous and figurative studies, as well as comparison using suitable contemporary exemplars. The thesis can be undertaken as a design project, a dissertation or a piece of research − effectively a hybrid, both a project and a written summary or theoretical proposition.

Start date: September
Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Fees (2015/16): Home/EU £7,500, Overseas £11,500

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Architecture and Environmental Design MSc

The course 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, design-based modules apply quantitative and qualitative analysis to the study of existing built environments and to new design projects. Students 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 contextual and socio-cultural landscape. Graduates learn environmental design methods that relate to the various stages of architectural design, and evaluate existing buildings and design new ones following a combined bioclimatic and building-occupant-focused approach.

Start date: September
Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Fees (2015/16): Home/EU £10,500, Overseas £12,500

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Master of Architecture (MArch) RIBA Part 2

This course is prescribed by the ARB and validated by the RIBA to give exemption from the second stage of professional education. The course offers diversity of choice and approach in two strands. The first focuses on design programmes(in formal, environmental, technical, professional or urban terms) that demand rigour and self-criticism. The second focuses on the dissertation, an extended piece of research into architecture and its historical or theoretical contexts. The course has three main objectives: to develop design ability through project-based experimentation; to present an evaluation and critique of coursework within a broad cultural context, and in light of environmental, technical, economic and legal constraints; and to promote the articulate explanation and representation of quality and value in design projects.

Start date: September
Duration: 2 years full-time
Fees (2015/16): Home/EU £3,465, Overseas £11,500

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Luke Clayden.
Architecture BA Honours.

Grymsdyke Farm 2014.
Copyright Grymsdyke Farm

Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice in Architecture, RIBA Part 3

This third and final adjunct of architectural education is designed to take place during the second period of mandatory practical training after the completion of the Part 2. The course can be completed in 12 to 24 months, according to employment circumstances. Graduates of the course receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Professional Practice and can apply for registration with ARB, and for chartered membership of the RIBA. The Diploma is the final part of an architectural student’s professional training and the culmination of a minimum of seven years’ education and professional development. The content of the course and each module builds on the professional experience and knowledge gained over this period.

Start date: September
Duration: 1 year part-time, one evening per week in Semester One, three days of intensive full-time attendance in Semester Two, plus tutorials
Fees (2015/16): Home/EU £2,850, Overseas £2,850

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Westminster's Department of Architecture and Interiors video



University Resources and Facilities

Fab Lab West

This academic year, a new fabrication laboratory Fab Lab West will provide a major expansion of our already extensive workshops. To our existing suite of 3D printers and laser cutters, it will add a wide selection of digital equipment that will provide facilities ranging from desktop 3D printing and CNC knife cutting, to large scale CNC routing, CNC metal milling and robot fabrication. Fab Lab West will provide an environment where our students can learn, make and experiment at the cutting edge of digital design and fabrication.
MArch Design Studio 10, with tutors Toby Burgess and Arthur Mamou-Mani, have been engaged in work which will be further explored through our new Fab Lab Facility: www.adapt-r.eu

Academic Research Links

Supercrits

www.supercrits.com

Wewanttolearn

www.adapt-r.eu

ADAPT-r

www.wewanttolearn.wordpress.com

Grymsdyke Farm

www.grymsdykefarm.com


Additional Information

Additional information on the University of Westminster Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment can be found on its website.