The Master of Architecture (Design) (MArch (Design) is a three-year full-time programme offered by the Department of Architecture. Built on the existing 2-year UGC-funded MArch curriculum, the 3-year MArch(Design) offers a path for qualified students from undergraduate programmes outside of architecture to pursue an architectural education. The 3-year MArch(Design) operates on a self-funding model.
The accreditation of the three-year Master of Architecture degree is pending for approval. 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 the expertise, skills and knowledge to confront the complexities of contemporary architectural discourse, design and practice.
Master programme students may choose elective courses from the below categories. These courses can also be taken in an optional summer semester after the first and the second year:
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 courses.
In the final semester of the Design Studio course, 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.