Call for Applications for students
School of Architecture, Design and Environment
Plymouth University, UK
Master of Architecture – two-year RIBA part 2 programme
MA in Architecture – one-year programme
Application deadline: June 7, 2013
In the current economic context where jobs are difficult to find and the very nature of architectural practice is coming into question due to shifting political, environmental and social agendas it is becoming increasingly important that you select an educational programme that prepares you for an uncertain future.
The main goal of the Master of Architecture Programme at Plymouth University is to allow students to become experts in using architecture and urban design as tools for social and political change and to work towards liveable cities. This is demonstrated by our recent graduates have a over 90% employment rate and have taken jobs in practices such as Gillespie Yunnie, HLM, Hopkins, Feilden Clegg Bradley but also M2H Design Studio in Kuwait and in self-established design studios.
Working on live projects in the UK, Spain, Portugal, Latvia and Poland and using a democratic and egalitarian pedagogical framework the programme focuses on the idea of urban re-industrialisation and architecture as a tool for environmental, socio-political and economical change.
We believe this approach is important because alongside investment banks and bankers, architecture and architects should be blamed for the global economic crisis that hit cities in 2008. Risky financial speculations were driven by a real estate bubble that relied on the production of spectacular, expensive buildings by the architecture industry. Five years later, contemporary architecture (especially in Europe) still fails to engage with or promote socially aware, environmentally responsible progressive urban thinking. The tradition of socially engaged architecture has almost vanished. That attitude is apparent only in remnant form – small initiatives focused on buildings rather than on the built environment as a whole, grass-roots strategies independent to state institutions. Our new cities of austerity require a reassessment of this attitude, and a fresh generation of architects must be educated to address the challenges facing our urban environment, we aim to prepare you for this role.
For more information of the programme and students' projects please look here:
Interested? Please contact M.Arch and MA programme leader:
Krzysztof Nawratek firstname.lastname@example.org
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