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Key information

Qualification type

MArch - Master of Architecture

Subject areas

Design (Non-Industrial) Architectural Design

Course type


Course Summary

This course operate as an agency of architectural innovation and presents a unique and alternative vision for architectural education where making is central to the act of design. Our hands-on approach to architectural research is guided and directed by an in-depth understanding of materials. Combining traditional craft with cutting-edge technologies we develop and fabricate our own unique and innovative tools and operational systems. Placing the emphasis on the fabrication of exciting and unpredictable architectures, the programme explicitly aims to maximise the learning opportunities presented by the realisation of design intent and reconnects with the true nature of architecture: designing + making.

The core agenda of Design + Make is to advance the materialization of architecture through the synthesis of advanced technologies, craft techniques and deep understanding of natural material and geometry. The key proposition is that new digital design and fabrication technologies, such as 3D scanning, generative modelling and robotic fabrication, enable traditional making techniques to be reinvented as innovative processes for architecture.

The subsequent Core Studio offers the first opportunity to build a temporary inhabitable structure in the woodland. Seminar courses run alongside the studios and cover agendas of ruralism, timber technologies and the cultural theories of making. These taught components are then applied in the main projects MArch students a group-designed building for the Hooke Park campus. The programme concludes with an individually written dissertation that presents the constructed project as evidence of an argument concerning the practice and realization of architecture.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


16 months

Start date



Term 1's Introduction Studio establishes the technical skill- set and key design methodologies for the programme. This includes taught classes and workshops which aim to establish proficiency in the operation of six critical skills and tools employed throughout Design + Make's work: Analogue Fabrication Techniques; CADCAM: formulating ; information for digital manufacturing; Generative Design Strategies; Introduction to Robotic Kinematics; Applied Scanning Techniques; Documentary Film Making: film techniques and strategies. In parallel, studio projects are structured as workshop-based Design + Make exercises in which key skills are deployed and developed. These lead into the design, fabrication and construction, in small teams, of 1:1 inhabitable structures within the Hooke Park landscape that introduce the material processes of full-scale experimental construction. As these projects enable students to develop design approaches driven by considerations of landscape and material, they allow speculative testing of design methodologies and fabrication techniques to develop further in the Main Projects.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

The fee for 2018/19 is: £35,507. There might be slight increase in 2019/20.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

The fee for 2018/19 is: £35,507. There might be slight increase in 2019/20.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a Five-year professional architectural degree (BArch/Diploma equivalent).