Centre for Alternative Technology: Sustainable Architecture

InstitutionCentre for Alternative Technology
Department Graduate School of the Environment
Web http://gse.cat.org.uk
Email gsmo@cat.org.uk
Telephone 01654 705953
Study type Taught

Summary

Masters in Sustainable Architecture An ARB Part II Masters in Architecture taught at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), the pioneer of sustainability practice. Intended specifically for students pursuing a career in Architecture, this course offers a unique combination of design-based academic study and practical hands-on learning.

CAT’s 40 years of sustainable education experience has led to the development of courses that not only tackle environmental issues but focus on sustainability at the core of every aspect of learning. Teaching is delivered in the WISE building - itself an example of recent developments in sustainable construction - and includes a mix of studio-based design work, lectures, seminars and practicals.

Students are introduced to a range of skills that are increasingly in demand within the building industry. The focus is on designing buildings in their context, to allow for adaptation to the effects of climate change and to create healthy environments for all. As of 2019 we also offer a part time, 3 year route to study MArch allowing for greater flexibility.

Masters Aims The M.Arch: Sustainable Architecture is aimed at the architecture student who understands that the world is in a time of transition and that building design plays an important role in environmental impact. Therefore there is great potential within the profession for environmental change and this is pivotal to the entire sustainability debate.

What qualification will you receive? Successful completion of the programme at the Centre for Alternative Technology leads to the award of Masters of Architecture (M.Arch) by the University of East London.

Why study at CAT? Studying at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is a truly unique experience. For the past 40 years CAT has been at the forefront of the environmental movement, pioneering low-carbon living and renewable technology. At the Graduate School of the Environment (GSE), students benefit from our extensive practical and academic knowledge, graduating with the skills needed to become leading players in the sustainability sector. Find out more about our facilities here.

Practical building and knowledge sharing At CAT, hands-on learning takes place side by side with academic study. Residential on-site block learning weeks are taught at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), a truly unique and inspiring learning environment. Alongside their design and academic work, students of the Master in Architecture also participate in a variety of building projects. This allows them to get practical experience and understanding of the complexities of what happens once their designs leave the architectural studio. During these projects and other teaching activities architecture students may work and meet alongside MSc students who will go into complimentary building professions allowing for networking and a wealth of transferable knowledge. Collaboration with external designers, architects and community projects also add valuable practical experience to the students' resumes.

Immersive learning environment Residential module weeks include lectures, seminars, group work and practicals. These module weeks provide a truly immersive environment to escape daily life and apply yourself to new learning. Many eminent experts give guest lectures or hold seminars during these modules, as it is a course which seeks to draw on the expertise and learning of the whole environmental sector.

Creating high standards of Sustainable Architecture We pride ourselves on the high standard of work that our graduates continue to produce. To see for yourself, have a look at some of the projects our students produce.

Is this the course for you? Interested in studying this course? Join us for our next open day or contact us.

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