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Programme Aims

The Master of Architecture (Design) [(MArch (Design)) is a three-year full-time programme offered by the Department of Architecture. Built on the existing two-year UGC-funded MArch curriculum, the three-year MArch(Design) offers a path for qualified students from undergraduate programmes outside of architecture to pursue an architectural education. The MArch(Design) operates on a self-funding model.

March(Design) is professionally accredited by:

  • Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA)
  • Architects Registration Board, HKSAR (ARB)
  • Recognized by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA)
  • Recognized by the New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB),
  • Recognized via the Canberra Accord as having substantial equivalency with the accreditation or validation systems in architectural education of:
    • Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB)
    • China National Board of Architectural Accreditation (NBAA)
    • Chinese Taipei Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan (IEET)
    • Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA)
    • Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education (JABEE)
    • Korea Architectural Accrediting Board (KAAB)
    • Mexico Acreditadora Nacional de Programas de Arquitectura y Disciplinas del Espacio Habitable (ANPADEH)
    • South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP)
    • United States of America National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)

Course Curriculum & Aims

Through a multidisciplinary curriculum emphasising current design and production technologies alongside an understanding of the historical and theoretical culture of architecture, the programme enables students to acquire broad expertise, skills and knowledge to confront the complexities of contemporary architectural discourse, design and practice.

Core Courses:

  • Advanced Structural Systems
  • Architecture and Its Discourses
  • Core Design Courses (i.e. Design 9-14)
  • Design and Construction Communication
  • Design and Technology of Sustainable Buildings
  • Digital Media and Methods
  • History of Modern Architecture
  • Introduction to Building Structures
  • Pre-thesis Seminar
  • Principles of Building
  • Professional Practice I & II

Elective Courses:

MArch(Design) studentsmay choose elective courses from the below categories. These courses can also be taken in an optional summer semester after the first and the second years:


  1. History and Theory
  2. Urbanisation and Habitation
  3. Technology and Sustainability
  4. Digital Media and Fabrication
  5. Practice and Management

The pedagogy of the MArch (Design) programme is focused on design studios, supported by required core courses and elective seminars in the categories, namely History and Theory, Urbanisation and Habitation, Technology and Sustainability, Digital Media and Fabrication and Practice and Management. This structure aims to enable students to explore the boundaries of disciplinary knowledge with methodological rigour while engaging critically with the constraints of contemporary practice.

In the first five semesters of the programme, students select from Design Studio courses offered by staff with a diverse range of backgrounds and expertise.

These design studios serve as the testing ground for skills and knowledge acquired in seminars and lecture.

In the Design Studio course during the final semester, students focus on a self-directed design thesis, formulated individually and supervised by staff in the Department, as a conclusion of the MArch (Design) curriculum. In addition to demonstrating satisfactory ability in the technical aspects of architectural practice, the thesis should produce innovative work that extends and enriches knowledge in the broader field of architecture.

Through an expanding network of international institutional links, the MArch (Design) programme offers a wide variety of joint studios, sponsored studios, and other forms of collaborative teaching and learning, in which there are opportunities for travel and academic exchanges abroad, knowledge exchange within the community and in China, direct contact to fabricators in industry, and experiential learning on real-world projects.