MSc Sustainable Architecture Studies


MSc Sustainable Architecture Studies (SAS)

Gareth Puttock 

University Teacher 
School of Architecture and Landscape

A very warm welcome to MSc Sustainable Architecture Studies, which we call “SAS”. My name is Gareth, I will be your Programme Leader for SAS. Together with Faith your Programme Co-lead and your module leaders we are very much looking forward to starting the new term with you. We are passionate about sustainability, architecture and design, through which we can make a difference. Our students give us energy and enthusiasm to do a better job every day. We want to make sure when they graduate, they are well placed in the world to enhance it. 

When you join the course, you can expect great learning opportunities with high profile and enthusiastic tutors, who care for their students. The course offers a friendly community of students and tutors with great career prospects and hopefully excellent contributions to the world.

Welcome Week

Welcome Week is a very important part of your introduction to the School, your studies and the University. It starts on Monday 23rd September, 2024.  The first full week of the Autumn Semester starts on Monday 30th September, 2024. During Welcome Week you will be introduced to members of staff who will support you during your time studying here.

ARC - Virtual Reception

By now you should be able to log into your MUSE account where you will be able to access your email account, your Google Drive and have access to our virtual learning environment ‘Blackboard’.

From Friday 6 September 2024, in Blackboard you will find the ‘ARC - Virtual Reception’ which will appear in your ‘Organisations’ tab. Within this tab you will find information about your induction week including what sessions are taking place and their locations, course handbooks and other useful information. The pages will be updated regularly with new information added in the days leading up to the start of your course, so please check back regularly. 

Buying Computer Equipment 

It’s up to you if you wish to bring your own laptop. As a student on the MSc in Sustainable Architecture Studies course you will be introduced to a range of simulation software. Most of this software only runs under the Windows platform but can be run on Apple computers with Windows installed. The school has a computer lab that you can use and the wider University has many more, some with 24 hour access. If you are thinking of buying or bringing a computer then please check the system requirements for Revit 2025 here. (Aim for the ‘Value’ or ‘Performance’ specification.) All of the software we use is available free on University computers and some is available free for you to install on your own computer.

We are extremely excited for the start of term and can’t wait to meet you and get started.

Key reading 

Science and technology of low Carbon design by Darren Robinson

101 Rules of Thumb for Low Energy Architecture by Huw Heywood.

Facebook Group

If you would like to visit the SSoA Masters Students Facebook group to introduce yourself to your Masters colleagues, you can do so via this link - 

Gareth Puttock
Programme Leader for MSc Sustainable Architecture Studies