Advanced Sustainable Design asks how we can transform our built environment by putting sustainable development into practice. We are distinctive in being a design-based programme.
Our emphasis is not only on gaining knowledge of environmental technology, but also developing skills in synthesising design solutions specific to place, community and habitat. We consider ideas of community, trade, wellbeing, communication and knowledge networks as purely technical responses are always vulnerable to failure.
One of the great challenges we face is that of making sense of, and ordering, the enormous volume of information about sustainability. You will acquire confidence and experience to create and refine strategies to produce settlements and building proposals that embody high standards of design, as well as demonstrating low carbon behaviour.
What you will study
Your base is the studio, supported by seminars and workshops, which culminates in a major design project followed by a research dissertation.
The first semester deals with theories and contexts of sustainable development in the built environment, with a series of short projects to understand the possibilities of applying theory to design.
In Semester 2, a main design project focuses on an urban context and looks at the social, economic and environmental drivers of sustainable development and how these translate to architectural and urban design. In tandem with this, you have the opportunity to work with environmental simulation software and test your design ideas quantitatively. The semester also includes a field trip that introduces you to best practice building and settlement design.
Although this Masters degree has architectural design at its heart, we welcome graduates from different academic and professional backgrounds. In the past, these have included engineering, art, construction and landscape disciplines. We encourage you to work in multi-disciplinary teams, especially during the main design project.
The research dissertation is also an opportunity to undertake a substantial period of study on a research question that can relate to your own personal interests, home contexts or professional interests.
In studying Advanced Sustainable Design, you gain critical skills that work well within your existing professional contexts or assist you in forging a new career path in sustainable development.
For information about academic aspects of the course please contact the Programme Director, John Brennan.