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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. 

    To apply for this course you should be currently working at one of our partner practices - view the list below. However, if you are interested in the course and not working in one of the partner practices, we encourage you to contact us.

    Apply now

    Accreditation

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

    Modules

    A selection of modules are available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

    First year core modules:

    Live Project 1

    This is a core module for 5th Year MArch students and MArch Collaborative Practice students. Students work in Live Project groups with a range of clients including local community groups, charities, health organisations and regional authorities. Live Projects include design/build, master planning, building feasibility studies, sustainability strategies, online resources and participation toolkits. In every case, the project is real, happening in real time with real people. Specific projects vary on an annual basis, but are chosen to develop students’ skills in design, team building, briefing, client liaison, community engagement and project management. The projects in these modules are entirely group based, with students working mostly in teams of 13-15 people. The Y5 Live Project module is closely integrated with the Management, Practice and Law Y5 module ARC555.

    15 credits
    Architectural Research Methodologies

    The module is an introduction to a broad range of research methods in architecture. It is specifically designed to meet the needs of students in a department of architecture that encourages an interdisciplinary, integrated and ethical approach to research. It also introduces students to the idea of design as a research method and encourages them to start to develop their own praxis through their ongoing coursework, particularly through the dissertation and design manifesto modules. Lecture content is delivered via the Theory Forum - an international conference hosted annually by Sheffield School of Architecture, focusing each year on a theme of contemporary relevance for architectural theory and practice. It provides an intense introduction to the theory, history and contemporary discourse around the theme, through engaging with national and international researchers. Students  are asked to write an academic essay in which they describe, compare and critique the methods used by two of the presentations or papers at the Theory Forum.

    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 student 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 is a core module for 6th Year MArch students, MArch Collaborative Practice and MALA students. Students work in Live Project groups with a range of clients including local community groups, charities, health organisations and regional authorities. Live Projects include design/build, masterplanning, building feasibility studies, sustainability strategies, online resources and participation toolkits. In every case, the project is real, happening in real time with real people. Specific projects vary on an annual basis, but are chosen to develop student’s skills in design, team building, briefing, client liaison, community engagement and project management. The projects in these modules are entirely group based, with students working mostly in teams of 13-15 people.

    15 credits
    Design Manifesto

    The Design Manifesto is a key part of the Y6 thesis project and is integral to the development of Y6 studio design work (i.e. Design 3 and 4, ARC560 and 561). The teaching of this module will be delivered via an introductory lecture and tutorials with studio tutors. The Design Manifesto presents the work-in-progress, processes and decision-making that have been instrumental in developing the Thesis Project up to the time of the report's submission. The relatively early submission of the Design Manifesto encourages the student to be clear about the development of their thesis project and to engage early on with both spatial design and research.

    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.

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    Duration

    2 years full-time

    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.

    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

    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
    • Arkle Boyce
    • Assael Architecture
    • Atelier Gooch
    • Baca Architects
    • BDP
    • Bennetts Associates
    • Blee Hallighan
    • Bond Bryan
    • Broadway Malyan
    • Bryden Wood
    • Buckley Gray Yeoman
    • Carmody Groarke
    • Coffey Architects
    • Cullinan Studio
    • EPR Architects
    • Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
    • Grimshaw Architects
    • Hawkins\Brown
    • Haworth Tompkins
    • HLM Architects
    • HTA Design
    • Hutchinson and Partners
    • Knight Architects
    • Levitate
    • Levitt Bernstein
    • MaccreanorLavington
    • MAKE Architects
    • Mawson Kerr
    • Metropolitan Workshop
    • Mikhail Riches
    • Mole Architects
    • Morris and Co
    • MSMR Architects
    • OB Architecture
    • Panter Hudspith
    • Penoyre & Prasad
    • Perkins and Will
    • Pritchard Architecture
    • Proctor and Matthews
    • Reed Watts
    • Rogers Stirk Harbour
    • RMA Architects
    • Ryder Architecture
    • Sheppard Robson 
    • Stiff + Trevillion Architects
    • Studio MAP
    • The Manser Practice
    • Urbed
    • Waugh Thistleton
    • Weston Williamson + Partner

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

    If you 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.


    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.

    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:

    Apply now

    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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