MArch
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Architecture: Collaborative Practice

School of Architecture, Faculty of Social Sciences

This course gives you the chance to work with some of the country's top architectural practices. It blends practice-based experience with academic research and learning.
Collaborative Practice cohort at Hawkins Brown

Course description

This course blends practical experience with academic research and learning. It’s a two-year, full-time masters with two semesters of practice-based education in the first year and two semesters of University-based education in the second year.

This is a unique opportunity to develop your experience working with some of the country’s top architectural practices. 

How to apply

To apply for this course you should be currently working at one of our partner practices.

View our list of partner practices
5 plus architects
AHMM
Allies and Morrison
Assael Architecture
Baca Architects
BDP
Bennetts Associates
Bond Bryan
Broadway Malyan
Buckley Gray Yeoman
Carmody Groarke
Coffey Architects
Cullinan Studio
Duggan Morris Architects
EPR Architects
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Grimshaw Architects
Hawkins\Brown
Haworth Tompkins
HLM Architects
HTA Design
Hutchinson and Partners
Levitate
Levitt Bernstein
MaccreanorLavington
MAKE Architects
Metropolitan Workshop
Mikhail Riches
Mole Architects
Owal
MSMR Architects
Panter Hudspith
Penoyre & Prasad
Perkins and Will
Proctor and Matthews
Rogers Stirk Harbour
RMA Architects
Sheppard Robson 
Stiff + Trevillion Architects
The Manser Practice
Urbed
Waugh Thistleton
Weston Williamson + Partners

However, if you are interested in the course and not working in one of the partner practices, we encourage you to contact us.


What if I don't work in a partner practice?

You have two options:

  1. Secure a placement in one of the partner practices.
  2. Secure a job in a practice that may wish to become a partner (this can be your existing practice).

We advise that you submit an application to us, detailing in your personal statement what your intentions are for securing a placement (from the two options above). Once we have reviewed your application we'll invite you for an interview if we think you're suitable for the course. At the interview we'll discuss how to secure a placement in more detail. You can begin to contact the partner practices to see if they have any vacancies but please let them know that you're interested in studying this course so they are aware of your contractual and professional requirements.

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Accreditation

Validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at Part 2 and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB)

Modules

First year core modules:

Live Project 1

This module is the first of 2 sequential modules that make up the 'live project' aspect of the studio programme. Specific projects vary on an annual basis, but are chosen to develop student's skills in briefing, client liaison and project management. The projects in these modules are almost entirely group based, with students working in teams of 4 - 12 people. These modules are closely integrated with the Management and Practice modules, ARC555 and ARC565.

15 credits
Architectural Research Methodologies

The module includes two parts: Research methods - The course is an introduction to research methods. It is specifically designed to meet the needs of students in a department of architecture where a very wide range of research paradigms may be found. It also relates the ideals and methods of research to those of design and offers support to students in developing a thesis within their dissertation. Theory Forum - This introduces different thematic approaches and topics in the histories and theories of architecture and urban design, the history of ideas, and the related disciplines of art, cultural studies and landscape studies and initiates to their application in critical debate.

10 credits
Management and Practice 1

This module introduces students to aspects of briefing and team-working within an architectural project, together with an overview of factors related to the running of an architectural practice. Built around lectures and seminars, the 3-day module is designed to provide candidates with entrepreneurial skills and develop their understanding of multi professional collaborative working to help them in in dealing with both clients and users and the implications of a multidisciplinary teamworking. The focus of the module is on understanding, managing and improving the briefing process.

10 credits
Reflective Design Practice

This entry contains the information provided to students in the following annual publications: Guide to Unit Choice for Level 1 Students, the Directory of Modules (http://www.shef.ac.uk/calendar/) and, where applicable, the RTP Handbook. The information should aim to assist students in selecting modules and should describe the aims and content of the module in general terms. Particular features of the delivery (e.g., field work, group work) may also be mentioned. Please provide only a single paragraph of normally formatted text. Foreign language descriptions may be used, but an English language translation should be provided for purposes of Faculty approval. During Year 5, emphasis is placed upon the development of research by reflective design where practice based learning becomes a tool to rigorously investigate lines of enquiry. The aim is for students to research, analyse, and reflect on their current practice project and develop alternative outline proposals. Specific programmes and projects will vary on an annual and individual basis. The projects are chosen in liaison with the student¿s Practice Mentor and Course Leader to develop research by design skills. There is an emphasis on students being able to participate in a meaningful dialogue with design methodologies used in contemporary practice.

45 credits
Environment and Technology in Practice 1

This entry contains the information provided to students in the following annual publications: Guide to Unit Choice for Level 1 Students, the Directory of Modules (http://www.shef.ac.uk/calendar/) and, where applicable, the RTP Handbook. The information should aim to assist students in selecting modules and should describe the aims and content of the module in general terms. Particular features of the delivery (eg, field work, group work) may also be mentioned. Please provide only a single paragraph of normally formatted text. Foreign language descriptions may be used, but an English language translation should be provided for purposes of Faculty approval. This module is a creative investigation of architectural technology within architectural practice. The module is delivered entirely through distance learning to students based within architectural practice covering the following:1. The global context of climate change and the role of architectural practice in terms of mitigation and adaptation.2. The principles and skills of building environmental simulation, analysis and design and their integration into practice based design.3. The principles and application in practice of advanced architectural construction and materiality.4. A critical understanding of the application of integrated technology in architectural practice.

10 credits
Dissertation Proposal: Collaborative Practice

This entry contains the information provided to students in the following annual publications: Guide to Unit Choice for Level 1 Students, the Directory of Modules (http://www.shef.ac.uk/calendar/) and, where applicable, the RTP Handbook. The information should aim to assist students in selecting modules and should describe the aims and content of the module in general terms. Particular features of the delivery (e.g., field work, group work) may also be mentioned. Please provide only a single paragraph of normally formatted text. Foreign language descriptions may be used, but an English language translation should be provided for purposes of Faculty approval. This module develops a critical written study. It is an opportunity for students to investigate an aspect of architecture in which they are interested and would like to explore in more depth. There is an option to relate the subject to a current or future topic that could have relevance to the practice. The dissertation may involve original research and contribute to the subject area through reasoning and critical analysis. Topics usually fall within one of the following subject areas: architectural theory, architectural history, technology/environment, structures, management and practice, CAD/digital realm, landscape and urban design.

15 credits
Reflections on Architectural Practice

This entry contains the information provided to students in the following annual publications: Guide to Unit Choice for Level 1 Students, the Directory of Modules (http://www.shef.ac.uk/calendar/) and, where applicable, the RTP Handbook. The information should aim to assist students in selecting modules and should describe the aims and content of the module in general terms. Particular features of the delivery (e.g., field work, group work) may also be mentioned. Please provide only a single paragraph of normally formatted text. Foreign language descriptions may be used, but an English language translation should be provided for purposes of Faculty approval. This module develops and consolidates the critical written study instigated in Year 5 (Dissertation Proposal: Collaborative Practice). The module assimilates and concludes the initial work towards a critical reflection and conclusion through the production of the written dissertation or research document.

15 credits

Second year core modules:

Design 3

The module is the third of 4 sequential modules that make up the course of studio based design projects that form the core of the MArch course. The development of advanced design skills in the MArch is based on a 'studio' system, with different tutors setting agendas and projects that encompass a diverse range of themes. Specific projects vary on an annual basis, but are chose to develop students skills in design, along with an integrated understanding of technological, environmental and cultural issues.

15 credits
Design 4

This module is the fourth of 4 sequential modules that make up the course of studio based design projects that form the core of the MArch course. The development of advanced design skills in the MArch is based on a 'studio' system, with different tutors setting agendas and projects that encompass a diverse range of themes. Specific projects vary on an annual basis, but are chose to develop students skills in design, along with an integrated understanding of technological, environmental and cultural issues.

30 credits
Live Project 2

This module is the second of 2 sequential modules that make up the 'live project' aspect of the studio programme. Specific projects vary on an annual basis, but are chosen to develop student's skills in briefing, client liaison and project management. The projects in these modules are almost entirely group based, with students working in teams of 4 - 12 people. These modules are closely integrated with the Management and Practice modules, ARC555 and ARC565.

15 credits
Design Manifesto

This module is comprised of the preparation and completion of a design report, written in association with the final design project.

15 credits
Environment and Technology 2

This module is a course of advanced construction, environmental design and technology. It includes the preparation for and completion of an integrated technology report on a major 6th year design project.

15 credits
Management and Practice 2

The module is designed through comparative analysis in a seminar and a workshop format, and will focus on innovative building procurement and project funding. A range of procurement routes will be discussed, including collaborative procurement (PPC2000 contract, NEC Partnering contract, NHS Estates procure 21, PFI, Supply Chain Management and collaboration, MoD Prime Contracting), self building and cooperatives. Dispute resolution mechanisms - Adjudication, Arbitration and Mediation - inherent within some of these procurement systems discussed will also be covered. The module will also discuss broader economic issues with regards, in particular, to social enterprising.

15 credits
Dissertation 2

This entry contains the information provided to students in the following annual publications: Guide to Unit Choice for Level 1 Students, the Directory of Modules (http://www.shef.ac.uk/calendar/) and, where applicable, the RTP Handbook. The information should aim to assist students in selecting modules and should describe the aims and content of the module in general terms. Particular features of the delivery (e.g., field work, group work) may also be mentioned. Please provide only a single paragraph of normally formatted text. Foreign language descriptions may be used, but an English language translation should be provided for purposes of Faculty approval. This module is for those students taking the MArch Architecture: Collaborative Practice programme. This module involves student reflections on their experience in practice and comparing it to their experience of design within a School of Architecture. The module will be broad ranging, looking at the influence of factors including: briefing, design philosophy, design development, budgets, sustainability and regulatory requirements. Assessment will reflect student's individual experiences and situations through a personal Reflective Journal. The work will also relate to the Professional Experience and Development Record (PEDR) as required by the RIBA.

15 credits

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

Teaching

Our design teaching is studio based with several research-led options. Programmes run by specialist staff link together lectures, studio work and research.

Assessment

Each module is assessed individually by coursework.

Duration

2 years full-time

Student profiles

I chose this course as it was rooted in reality, allowing me to reflect on practical experience. It merged an academic learning environment within a practical setting, allowing me to earn while I learned. I think the course has empowered me by encouraging me to self-reflect and also by giving me the opportunity to look 'behind the curtain' at top UK practices.

Yanni Pitsillides
MArch in Architecture: Collaborative Practice

Entry requirements

You’ll need BA Architecture, 2:1 or equivalent, from a RIBA/ARB-approved institution, along with 9 months in practice. You should have RIBA Part 1 or equivalent.

We will ask to see your design portfolio.

If you don't have RIBA Part 1 and you're offered a place it will be your responsibility to gain Part 1. You can do this while you're here on your MArch course. Find out more about this on the ARB website.

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

Apply

Find out how to apply on the School of Architecture's website:

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Contact

architecture-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 0349

Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

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